Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry says Mesut Ozil is his favourite team-mate.
Gnabry came through the Gunners’ academy and played with Ozil for three years before moving to Werder Bremen in his native Germany in 2016.
His first-team chances were limited at the Emirates and leaving for his homeland paid dividends as he earned a move to Bayern Munich just a year later where he now plays with Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben.
Ozil’s Arsenal future, meanwhile, has been thrown into doubt after falling out of favour with boss Unai Emery.
But Gnabry, 23, told Goal: ”I’ve already played with many good guys.
“But, if I have to highlight one, I take Mesut Ozil.
“The kind of quality I have seen in his training and in the games at that time was amazing.”
After spending last season on loan at Hoffenheim, Gnabry is enjoying an encouraging debut campaign with Bayern.
He has been involved in seven Bundesliga goals in 19 appearances so far and is with the squad that travelled to Liverpool for the Champions League last 16 clash.
Gnabry also has praised veteran wingers Robben and Franck Ribery for helping younger players like himself.
The pair will leave Bayern at the end of the season, club president has Uli Hoeness confirmed and Gnabry said: “The respect is definitely there, especially off the field.
“On the pitch, Franck and Arjen give their best as I do, Kingsley Coman or Alphonso Davies.
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“They also help us with their experience. This is important for young players.
“In the end, it’s up to the coach who plays on the weekend. Of course you can see why Franck and Arjen have been at this level for so long and have developed the club.”