Wenger: Ozil is like a musician who always plays the right note

Mesut Ozil has been likened to a musician with perfect timing by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who says it makes the midfielder a pleasure to watch.

The German World Cup winner has been in inspired form for the Gunners this season, scoring four goals and racking up 12 assists in the Premier League so far.

That latter figure is more than he managed in his two previous campaigns at the Emirates and twice as many as his nearest challengers throughout the League in Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez.

"Mesut is like a musician who always plays the right note, and at the right moment," Wenger told the club's official website. "His timing is perfect - when he has to give the ball, he gives the ball. It's just a pleasure to see.

"It struck me [on first seeing him] that he was at such a young age, but the boy could time his passing always right. He got out of impossible situations.

"Also what struck me was that it was not forced on an individual basis - the team play was in front of his ego. That strikes you because normally when players are that talented, that's not the first quality you see."

At the other end of the pitch for Arsenal, Peter Cech, who has kept six clean sheets this season, says taking up drumming in his spare time has helped him become a better goalkeeper.

"There are so many things I learn on the drums that I can use in goalkeeping as well, because the hand-eye co-ordination and the independence on each of the limbs is helpful," he said.

"It teaches you to use all four limbs in different ways. You need to find a way to co-ordinate things and, once you learn how to programme your brain to do that, it helps you to co-ordinate even for football."