Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has singled out Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech for specific praise after his side beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners lost 4-0 to Southampton on Boxing Day but bounced back with a victory on home soil that takes them to the top of the table.
Ozil got another assist to help Gabriel open the scoring for the North London side before adding a second of his own to secure victory for Wenger’s men.
The French coach compared the German with former Gunners great Dennis Bergkamp and was singing the playmaker’s praises after the game.
“[He has] remarkable technical quality. Something that I enjoy very much is the timing of his passes,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“It is never surprising. If you think in the stand he should give the ball now – it is now. By the time you have finished your thinking the ball has gone already.
“He is somebody whose song is always the right tone and that is something that is very difficult to achieve in the game because on the pitch the decisions you have to make are so quick and to get that always right is not easy.”
Arsenal goalkeeper Cech also set a Premier League record by keeping an impressive 170th clean sheet, with the French boss also taking time to praise the stopper.
“I think he can be very proud of that because it is a remarkable achievement and people once again don’t realise how much commitment is behind that, the focus and consistency in his attitude,” he continued.
“On top of that he is a a remarkably gifted goalkeeper. The consistency is the most difficult to achieve for somebody.”
Arsenal will hope to finish the year on top of the table and will know that the demise of both Chelsea and Manchester United this season has given them an excellent opportunity to end their long wait to become English champions.
— Europcar Sport (@EuropcarSport) December 1, 2015