By Joe Brewin
Oguzhan Ozyakup admits the start to his Arsenal career could have hardly gone much better.
The Dutch midfielder made his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s senior team in the Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury and made an immediate impact, setting up Yossi Benayoun for the tie-clinching goal within moments of coming on.
“I think it went quite well because when I came on I got an assist straight away for Benayoun,” Ozyakup told Arsenal.com. “Before I came on the boss told me to defend well but the first thing I did was go forward and that came out as an assist!
“I think it was Kieran Gibbs who came forward and tried to put me in - I could have gone one-on-one with the goalkeeper but the ball got cut off.
“On the second ball Chambo [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] put me in and tried to cross it but he blocked it. The second time I turned around and the ball was in front of me so I passed to Yossi and he finished it.
“I worked for this for three years, I came here in 2008 and left everything back home,” he added. “That is what I worked for and I was really pleased that I could make my debut because my parents were in the stadium as well so I was very happy.”
The Gunners face Bolton Wanderers in the Fourth Round of the competition in two weeks’ time at Emirates Stadium and Ozyakup says he will be ready for action if called upon once more.
“You never know, you never know,” he said. “They always say you have to be ready when you get that chance so if I get it I will be ready.
“We will see. In training you have to show the boss that you can do it and hopefully I will get a chance.”
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