Ozil played 184 Premier League games across eight seasons with the Gunners, scoring 33 goals and assisting on 54 occasions.
The 32-year-old, who was effectively frozen out by Mikel Arteta, joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce in January after having his Arsenal contract mutually terminated six months prematurely.
Maitland-Niles was a teammate of Ozil's during the Germany international's entire spell at Arsenal and believes the quality he possesses sets him aside from any other player he has shared a dressing room with.
'Best player I've ever played with? Mesut Ozil,' Maitland-Niles said.
'With him, he was so timed and calculated. Everything he does has a purpose and if you're not on his team you can't get near him.
'I've never seen a guy like that who plays in slow motion, but he always has time on the ball – It doesn't make sense.'
Meanwhile, Maitland-Niles could be set to follow Ozil in leaving Arsenal in the January transfer window, with the versatile academy graduate reportedly less than happy with his lack of playing time under Arteta after starting just one of the club's opening seven Premier League games.
The 24-year-old was the subject of a bid from Everton in the summer , but the move was blocked by the Arsenal board who wanted the England international as part of their first-team squad this season.
That decision led to Maitland-Niles posting a strongly-worded message on social media, urging the Arsenal hierarchy to allow him to leave.
The Toffees could be set to make another attempt to sign Maitland-Niles in January, but it remains to be seen whether Arsenal would welcome the move.
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