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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simone wary of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil ahead of Europa League clash

Diego Simeone highlighted Mesut Ozil as the biggest threat to his Atletico Madrid side as they prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday.

The Argentine coach was full of praise for the former Real Madrid playmaker, who he believes completely dictates the Gunners play.

After missing the 4-1 win over West Ham due to illness, the German World Cup winner is expected to line-up against Simeone and co. as Arsenal look to take control of the two-legged tie at home.

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And the Atletico boss warned his side to not let the Arsenal man dictate the pace of the game.

‘Ozil has incredible vision,’ he said.

‘He manages the speed of transitions at Arsenal – if he wants his team to play quickly he will.

Can Ozil win it for Arsenal? (Picture: AMA/Getty)

‘It’s up to us to make it the kind of game we want to have – and be brave.’

Arsenal are hoping to win the Europa League to give Arsene Wenger the perfect send-off and to book their spot in Europe’s premier competition next season, however, Atletico have been Champions League finalists in two of the past four seasons and represent a major threat to their hopes.

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