Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is displaying the type of form which saw rise to stardom at Real Madrid, according to Paul Merson.
The 30-year-old's role under new boss Unai Emery was uncertain ahead of the new campaign amid speculation the pair had fallen out.
Ozil has been deployed in a number of positions but the former Germany international has three goals and an assist in his last four Premier League outings.
"He’ll be going back to Real Madrid in about six months time if he could play like this every week,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“That’s how good he is.
“That’s the frustrating thing, this is what he can do on any given day.
“That’s just world class that pass, how many people see that?
“And then this, when have you ever seen him sprint like this?
“He’s breaking to get there now, he sprints, and then to have the vision of what’s going on, you can’t talk highly enough.
“That’s why he plays every week, because he is head and shoulders above all them players at Arsenal.
“Head and shoulders above them all.”
After joining from Wolfsburg, Ozil emerged as one of the finest schemers in Europe during three years at Santiago Bernabeu.
Earlier this year he committed his long-term future to Arsenal by signing a new contract until 2021, worth a reported £350,000-a-week (€329k/$449k).