Granit Xhaka recently sang Mesut Ozil’s praises, claiming that he can’t wait to play alongside him and that the playmaker is the best no.10 in the world.

I’m a firm believer that it should be part of all our players’ contracts when they sign for Arsenal: ‘must love Mesut Ozil unconditionally’. Whenever I hear or read about one of our men praising the German genius, it adds about two years onto my life expectancy; my skin feels clearer and my sleeping patterns regulate. Mainly because, after all the unnecessary criticism, he deserves to be recognised for the player he actually is. Anyway, that’s my two-pennies’ worth.

Xhaka, like most human beings with more than one brain cell, insists that he can’t think of another no.10 in the world that has Ozil’s quality.

“I don’t know a better No 10 than Mesut,” Xhaka told Arsenal Player.

“He’s very important for this team, as he’s shown in the past. He has his qualities, he’s something special and I hope he shows that next season.

“He’s played for Germany, for Real Madrid and is a terrific player. He’s got an excellent final pass and a superb first touch. 

“I’m definitely looking forward to playing alongside him.”

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka (R) fights for the ball against Chivas Guadalajara during their friendly soccer match at StubHub Center in Carson, California on July 31, 2016. Arsenal won 3-1. (RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty Images)

I’m looking forward to seeing them alongside – or infront/behind – each other. It’ll be a nice change for Mesut to actually have cover so he can play to his strengths rather than have to do more than one job at once.