'Ozil understands football... he makes it easy'

Mesut Ozil

Jack Wilshere was in fine form on Saturday as we beat Crystal Palace - but the midfielder was quick to discuss Mesut Ozil's performance.

This is what the England midfielder told the media afterwards:

on the win…

We needed that performance. We haven’t been good enough recently, we’ve dropped points and we knew that Palace were on a great run. They haven’t lost in a while and the only team to beat them in a while was us, so we knew we could do it. We had to start the game quickly and we did that, so I’m happy.

on his partnership with Ozil…

I’ve said before that he understands football so well, and that’s what makes him one of the best. He knows when to play it to you, what side to pass to, and everything he does is quality. He makes it easy. I really enjoyed that little spell in the first half.

on the start to the game illustrating Arsenal’s ability to compete with the best…

Yes and that’s what’s frustrating because we don’t do it enough. We need to keep it going now. We’re at our best when we’re playing collectively, passing and moving. We did that today, especially in the first half, where we killed the game. In the second half they came out and made it difficult for us but the game was over and we’re happy with the three points.

on if it’s been a difficult January for the dressing room…

It’s difficult when people like Theo and Francis leave - they’re big characters in the dressing room and I’ve known them for a long time. We’re going to miss them and wish them all the best. But as a team and as a club we need to move on. Whoever comes in, whoever leaves, we’re strong enough to deal with it as we have in the past. We need to put in performances like we did today and start climbing up the table.

on Arsenal making a point today…

Yeah I think so, and that’s what we can do. We can do our talking on the pitch. As I said, we haven’t been good enough - we have to accept that and hopefully now we have that result we can really push on.

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