Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel di Maria has singled out Mesut Ozil as the 'world class’ player capable of troubling his side when the two sides meet in the UEFA Champions League group stage fixture tomorrow night.
Di Maria and Ozil were teammates at Real Madrid for three seasons having joined the club in the same year, 2010. But while Ozil has shined at Arsenal since joining in 2013, Di Maria went through a rough patch at Manchester United before finally switching to Paris Saint-Germain and finding the kind of form that's become almost expected of him.
And when the two teams met on matchday one of their group, it ended in a stalemate but both sides have since gone on to win all their remaining games and securing their participation in the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League. Their fixture tomorrow night is a crucial one and could decide who tops the group.
But when asked what he thought of Arsenal having played them already, Di Maria said, “They are excellent on the counter-attack. [Mesut] Ozil is a world class player, his passing is excellent and he is surrounded by some very fast players.
“However, we have played well in the Champions League this season and we still have two matches left, so we must continue to work hard. Our objective is to top the group."
The Argentine reiterates that finishing on top is a priority for the Parisian team, "We played better than Arsenal (on match day one), only we did not score more goals than them," Di Maria said. "I do not think there was much for us to learn from this match.
"We have a very strong team with a few top quality players. If we do what we are supposed to, then we will have a chance to fulfil our objective."
Di Maria and the rest of the PSG team will fly to London to take on Arsenal. And while their side suffer from no serious injuries or have none of their players facing an immediate suspension, Arsenal on the other hand, will take on Unai Emery’s men with a host of their first-team stars yet to recover from previous injuries.
Santi Cazorla, Hector Bellerin and Lucas Perez are all out injured while they share the rehabilitation centre with long-term absentees Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck. Arsene Wenger is likely to field a team similar to the one that took on Manchester United on the weekend.
(Video courtesy: Mathews Football)