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​Lahm praises Germany teammate Ozil ahead of Bayern, Arsenal clash

Bayern Munich captain Philippe Lahm has praised Arsenal attacker and German teammate Mesut Ozil ahead of the the pair's match up on Wednesday in the Champions

League.

Ozil's Arsenal travel to Bayern to face Lahm and his Munich side having defeated the Bavarians two weeks ago at the Emirates.

Speaking ahead of the match, Lahm picked out Ozil for praise and stated that the former Real Madrid man is the smartest player he has ever played with.

Lahm said: "Mesut is probably the most intelligent player I have ever played with, he is probably the most intelligent player in Europe today."

"Mesut sees things only he can — his vision is as good as I have ever seen. It was laughable when he was being questioned after his move to Arsenal.

"It doesn't matter how good you are, everybody needs time to settle in a new league. Especially a league like England, where you don't get as much time on the ball, and of course the game is a lot more physical.

"People don't necessarily understand his game, he isn't there to run at players or even beat them, he is far more intelligent than that.

"He finds space and creates chances for his team mates, and you only need to look at the assist table to understand there is nobody better than him at that."

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