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Man Utd legend Neville: Arsenal's Ozil up there with Scholes

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has likened Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil to former teammate Paul Scholes.

Neville wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "The effect of his game on his team-mates is huge. He has such precision that his choice of pass in the final third is almost always right. He reads the game ahead of most and sees people in better positions.

"Paul Scholes was the greatest player I ever played with because he had similar qualities. His effect on the team was so immense. The key test of a great team is whether they can keep possession in the final third of the pitch when they're in the lead against the best opposition. That's very important when looking at possession statistics.

"Paul was the pivotal man who could dictate possession in that final third in the biggest games. Against Liverpool last week, you could see that Ozil did the same. He was the man in control. He might be a very different player to Paul, but the similarities are there. I can pay no higher compliment."

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