Mesut Ozil is relishing playing under Arsène Wenger - because the manager knows “how he ticks”.

The German playmaker recently celebrated two years at Arsenal, having helped the team to win and then retain the FA Cup in that time.

Ozil is happy in north London and says his good relationship with Wenger is a major reason for that.

He has experience and in past years you’ve seen him develop some top players. I get on really well with him and he gives me his trust

"He knows exactly how I tick and I know exactly what he thinks of me," he told Arsenal Player. "I just want to help the team as much as possible on the pitch - that’s my target.

"Of course sometimes things work better than at other times, that’s football, but the manager believes in me and that means a lot to me.

"He has experience and in past years you’ve seen him develop some top players. I get on really well with him and he gives me his trust. I’m thankful to him for that and to be praised by a coach like him means a lot.

"I thank him for that through good performances on the pitch."

Ozil says Wenger's influence was a key factor in him moving to the club from Real Madrid in 2013.

"Before I joined, I knew that Arsenal were always a technically-strong team," he added.

"That’s also why I decided to join this club, because I know exactly what the manager wants from the team.

"Our game centres around playing good, technical football and that’s good. It’s thanks to the manager because he’s worked on that for years and has formulated a technically-gifted team that can dominate any opposition.

"That’s why we’re really pleased to have a manager like him."

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

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Nik Brumsack 14 Sep 2015