Thierry Henry Admits He Would Have Loved to Play with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Former Arsenal player Thierry Henry warms up during a training session at London Colney on November 25, 2013 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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As if teaming up alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira wasn't enough, Thierry Henry has revealed Mesut Ozil is one player he would have loved to play with at Arsenal.

Henry was a part of the Arsenal setup for eight years between 1999 and 2007, spearheading the club's attack in what many would describe as the most successful period in their history.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City at Emirates Stadium on December 4, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Speaking as a Sky Sports pundit during Wednesday evening's Champions League coverage, the Frenchman is reported by the Daily Mail's David Kent listing precisely what it is that makes Ozil such a valuable teammate.

Henry said:

I would have loved to have played with him, he reminds me of Robert Pires. He will share the ball. He can find a guy who is quick, a target striker. He can play any type of ball.

He has the thing you want from a midfielder. He has time. It seems like he is playing on his own in his garden. He brought that composure on the ball that you need. I think he brought that to Arsenal football club. Him coming with his name. You have got to back it up. He did back it up.

The Gunners legend's comments came in the midst of Arsenal's 2-0 defeat against Napoli, which condemned them to finish as Group F runners-up thanks to Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 victory over Marseille.

Ozil has etched a name for himself as one of the best playmakers in the world, and it's certainly no coincidence that the club's Premier League dominance thus far in the campaign coincided with his £42.5 million arrival in North London. 

Futbol Europeo posted this image on Twitter, bastions of two Arsenal generations meeting in the build-up to Wednesday's European encounter:

Instead of Henry, however, Olivier Giroud has been the French hitman benefiting most from the 25-year-old's creative qualities. Ozil has assisted three of his teammates' 10 goals across all competitions this season, according to

Arsenal were obviously aware of the talent they were bringing in this summer, after the German international assisted his former Real Madrid teammates on no less than 24 occasions across all competitions last term, again as per

Ozil has been lucky enough to call some of Europe's finest attackers his squadmates in recent years at both club and country level, but needless to say, a partnership alongside Henry could have been even more devastating than anything else seen so far. When asked on Twitter, Piers Morgan says he ranks Ozil right up there with Bergkamp and Henry:

Two players who could both end up as prominent flag bearers of separate memorable eras of Arsenal's history, teaming up as one, is an enticing thought for any football fan, regardless of whom one supports.