Arsene Wenger's most impressive World Cup player - Thomas Muller

Arsene Wenger Looks On

Arsenal boss says Bayern attacker is the top World Cup player - a former target of Manchester United - rather than Liverpool forward who downed England.

"My first impression of the World Cup has been very positive." writes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for Yahoo. "I have been surprised by the quality of the games and by how sharp everybody has started, with the games played at a ferocious pace."

Indeed, the attacking spirit that many of the participant nations at the tournament in Brazil have embraced has prompted calls from excitable fans to herald the 2014 competition as the best in the modern era.

A combination of exquisite attackers in the final third, from wingers and playmakers to move finishers, to porous defences has seen only three goal-less draws from the fixture list thus far.

Two European teams have proven to be the most potent - the Netherlands and Germany - and it is the latter who have "most impressed" Wenger.

As an Alsatian, the Frenchman was born and raised within a goal-kick of Germany and has an obvious affection for the country's talent thanks to his work with players such as Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry.

"They have got a great technical balance with players such as Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil, who can make the difference at any time. They also have Mario Goetze and they have a huge ambition to win."

On the best player of the World Cup to date, Wenger said: "For me… Mueller.

  NationOpponentTouchTotal PassChance CreatedShotShot AccGoalAppsMins
Muller Germany Portugal 43 34 2 4 75% 3 1 82

Bayern Munich striker Muller almost single-handedly downed Portugal as he returned a hat-trick in his nation's 4-0 rout; a match in which he out-starred Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

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"[Muller] has great physical qualities," noted Wenger of the 6ft 1in athlete who weighs in at 11 stones and six - the approximate weight of a middleweight boxer. "He is a fighter and is very clever with his movement. He has improved his adaptability greatly."

Concluding, the Frenchman remarked: "He could be the player of the tournament."

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