There are plenty of players in the Premier League who can’t keep up with Mesut Ozil’s fast-working football brain, so perhaps it’s time clubs thought about putting dogs in their first team.

The Arsenal playmaker posted a video of himself having a kickaround with his pug Balboa in the garden, and it’s fair to say the pooch showed the sort of tenacity that was missing in the Gunners’ midfield for so many years.

Fun with Balboa 👍😉 Turns out that my dog has a pretty good technique! 😄🐶 #London #NewStar #football

— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 5, 2016

Once Balboa gets the ball, though, there’s an obvious dearth of ideas about what to do with it next.

A proper battling old-school midfielder in the David Batty mould, we reckon.

Some Arsenal fans couldn't resist the opportunity to have a dig at one under-performing Gunner in particular.

@MesutOzil1088 ur dog is better than @_OlivierGiroud_

— Ahmed (@A7MED_M_Q) September 5, 2016

@MesutOzil1088 @Arsenal probably training him up to replace giroud

— Patty (@pattycak3s7) September 5, 2016

@MesutOzil1088 @Arsenal still quicker than Giroud

— Bilal (@_BilalFarooq_) September 5, 2016