Mesut Ozil has identified Arsenal’s focus and heart as key factors for Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.
The Germany international scored his second goal of the season in the Champions League victory at Emirates Stadium, sealing three vital points in stoppage time after Olivier Giroud had come off the bench to give Arsène Wenger’s side a 77th-minute lead.
In beating Bayern, Arsenal became the first team in 2015/16 to take points off the Bundesliga champions, and Ozil says the whole team “can be very proud” of their performances.
“Firstly we’re very, very happy,” he told Arsenal Player. “To win against Bayern Munich is really hard and we knew that it would be a tough game but you could see during the match that we created a lot of opportunities, especially in the first half, when Manuel Neuer made some superb saves.
“But ultimately I think we deserved to win. They had more possession but we had the clearer chances and that’s why we’re really pleased to have got the three points today.
“We concentrated from the first minute until the last minute. We believed in ourselves and we knew that we had made massive mistakes in the first two games.
“Today was our last chance - we had to win. We did that and now we’re back in the game. We’re all the happier for that.
“We showed heart and the fans supported us superbly. The most important thing is the three points.
“We have to believe in ourselves, keep working hard and then we’ll be on a good path."
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Ozil has received widespread praise for his displays this season, already contributing two goals and six assists in all competitions.
“I’m really satisfied with my performances,” he added. “I’m on a good way, I feel at ease and you can see that the team and the manager give me their trust.
“[For my goal] I had a shot at goal and Manuel saved it brilliantly. After two or three seconds I saw that the referee was signalling a goal and I was relieved. It was clear that we had won the game at that point and I’m pleased with that.”Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source