Interview

Mustafi - What I said to Ozil for the goal

Shkodran Mustafi scored his third goal for us on Saturday - and it could not have come at a better time as we won the north London derby.

The Germany international was delighted to get on the scoresheet - and said that when the chance arose, he only wanted one man to deliver the free kick.

This is what he said to the media afterwards:

on the performance…
I think we had a few good performances, but the only important thing is to keep it up. I think we did well today. It was a derby, it’s always a special game, but I think we showed character, we were there in all the important moments and when you do all of that you win games.

on his goal…
The thing is, as I was going up [Mesut Ozil] was on the other side of the pitch and I said ‘Mesut, please. Go to the ball and bring it in’. I know his left foot and I know his deliveries and if you have players that can put the ball in like that, you go in with belief. That’s the most important thing when you go up for corners and free kicks, the belief that you can score and with the team that we have and the quality that we have, you go in and try to get your head on the ball.

on potentially being offside…
Well, I was only happy that they didn’t blow the whistle. It happened to me against Chelsea, so this time I’m lucky to get away with it. This is football, we always get things against us and things for us at the end of the year it is always a draw, you get good things and bad things.

on getting bad decisions against City…
Yes, that’s what I’m talking about, I think you have to count it for the whole season and I think at the end of the year everyone gets something for their team and something against. In the end it’s fair.