Mesut Ozil would be ten times the player if he had Dele Alli's nasty streak, says Lee Dixon

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Lee Dixon has called on Mesut Ozil to show his nasty side  - Getty Images 

Former Arsenal stalwart Lee Dixon has claimed one vital element sets Dele Alli apart from Mesut Ozil as a player.

The Tottenham midfielder put in an impressive performance in Dortmund on Wednesday night as England fell to a 1-0 friendly defeat to Germany.

Despite missing a golden opportunity to score from Jamie Vardy's inch-perfect pass, Dixon was quick to heap praise on the 20-year-old playmaker.

"He's playing in the first team long-term because he's doing something right," said Dixon.

"The fact that he's come into the Tottenham team and they're building a team around him, his talent is unlimtless."

Dele Alli misses a good chance to get England on the scoresheet  Credit: REX

Speaking as a pundit on ITV, Dixon claimed Germany and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, who missed the match through injury, would be a better player if he had Alli's temperament. 

"If he [Mesut Ozil] had half of what Dele Alli has got, that nasty streak, he would be ten times a better player than he is because he hasn't got what Dele Alli has," said Dixon. 

Alli served a three-match ban last season for punching Claudio Yacob and faces a four-match European ban after receiving a straight red card for a studs-up challenge in Tottenham's Europa League exit to Gent. 

Dele Alli is shown a straight red card for a horror challenge on Brecht Dejaegre of Gent  Credit: AP 

Turkish giants Fenerbahce have emerged as potential suitors for the German playmaker, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is yet to clarify uncertainty around his own future, has said that any new deals for Ozil or Alexis Sanchez would not be finalised until the end of the season. 

"At the moment we have not got an agreement," he told beIN Sports.

“We have decided to focus on the end of the season and talk about it in the summer.

Mesut Ozil pitch side before Germany's friendly with England  Credit: PA 

“It is the same situation with Ozil because once you don't find an agreement and it [the negotiation] lasts, it is not good so it is better you get it out and sit down in the summer."

Ozil has not started a game for Arsenal since their 5-1 Champions League first leg defeat at Bayern Munich. 


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