By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Mesut Ozil has transformed himself into a consistent Premier League performer, according to Thierry Henry.

The Gunners’ record goalscorer has been impressed by the form this season of the German playmaker, who has made assists in each of his last five Premier League matches.

Henry said: “He is finally delivering week in, week out. You can see awareness, his class. For me, he wasn’t [before] doing it on a daily basis. Now he is doing it – early crosses, great passes behind the back four, sharp one-twos.

“Because he is so good on the ball and easy on the ball, it looks like he doesn’t care. But he does.”

Speaking on Sky Sports, fellow pundit Graeme Souness also enthused about the contributions of the £40million signing from Real Madrid.

“You would describe him as silky,” observed the former Liverpool midfielder. “He has got wing-mirrors. He sees everything going on around him.

“What people get frustrated by is if he has the ball and loses it, he doesn’t sprint to get it back. He shows no real aggression.

Gunner stay: Arsenal are keen to tie Ozil down to new deal

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“But you have to accept that from him, because he gives you so much when he has got the ball in the opposition’s last third, which is the most difficult place to play.

“He is a class act and it is the perfect fit for him here at Arsenal. On his day, you would pay to watch him play.”