Özil established himself as one of the world's best playmakers during spells at both Werder Bremen and Real Madrid before making the club record move to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal. Having won domestic honours at Real Madrid, Özil is now competing in the English Premier League and is seen as seen as the link between midfield and attack that Arsenal had been craving in previous seasons. The German's abilities are widely appreciated in the world of football. Former teammate Xabi Alonso described him as 'the kind of player you don't find these days' whilst Jose Mourinho has stated that 'Özil is unique. There is no copy of him, not even a bad copy.'