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Ozil - Why Arsenal means so much to me

Mesut Ozil

“It’s not always been easy, but it has always been special.”

Those are the words Mesut Ozil uses to describe his six-year stay in north London.
The World Cup winner arrived to much fanfare in 2013, but has truly made London his home and readily admits that Arsenal means a lot to him.
"When I first arrived here I was very excited and a little bit nervous as well. It was always a new chapter and at the end of the day I was very happy to play for such a big club like Arsenal and meet all my team-mates.
"When I first arrived at the training ground, outside there were so many people. They were waiting for me. It was very special and it was a very good moment for me. The feeling was amazing, even the first game at the Emirates was so special for me. All the fans supported me until now and I'm really grateful and appreciative of that.

"I just heard that the club hadn't won this trophy [the Emirates FA Cup] for many years so it was very special for me and for my team because it was our first title. It was important to continue this work and as a player you work for titles.
"If you win at the end of the season, you're happy because you really have worked for that and you want to reach your goals. At the end of the day we were happy with the team. It was special, not just for us, but for the fans as well.
"We keep trying to win trophies to make us and the fans happy."

Ozil quote

Ozil quote

Ozil is delighted with the way the Arsenal fans have taken him to their heart, and explained how much it means to him to hear the song they have dedicated to him.
"In the game you don't really realise so much because you're concentrating and want to give everything on the pitch," he said. "But I had friends and some of family sending me videos on the underground before the game against Stoke where they were singing this song.
"It was crazy to hear and I was really, really happy because it was the first time the fans had a song for me. Thank you for that and I really appreciate it.
"It's crazy. I can just say: thank you guys and thank you for supporting. It's been a lot for me, of course."



Torreira - Why I love playing with Ozil and Laca

Lucas Torreira’s locker in the dressing room sits between those of Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Uruguayan has looked at home in the No 11 shirt but admits he could never have dreamt of lining up alongside some of the players he now calls teammates and friends.
“Mesut and Laca are wonderful players and people,” Torreira told Arsenal Player. “They bring in that quality touch that the team needs. They dictate the tempo in every play of the game. Laca is in great scoring form, which is really important for us.
“On the other hand, we know that Mesut is a top player. If you pass him the ball he will hardly ever give it away. He plays with simplicity and he’s got a lot of quality, which makes us very calm.
“As I midfielder I know that if I pass him the ball I can be calm. When I arrived at the club they told me that my closet in the locker room was going to be in between Lacazette’s and Ozil’s.
“I would have never imagined or dreamed of something like that. I am privileged to live all this at the age of 22. It was very hard for me to get where I am now. That's why it's so enjoyable.”

You can see Lucas in action for Uruguay this month - click here to buy tickets for Uruguay v Brazil at Emirates Stadium on Friday, November 16.


'Ozil is a born champion, an example to everyone'

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil delivered a memorable performance as we beat Leicester City on Monday night - and Hector Bellerin says it was the display of "a born champion".

The Spanish right-back was in fine form himself, but afterwards discussed the World Cup winner's performance with the media.

This is what Bellerin said:

on 10 wins in a row...
It’s difficult to pick up the run again once you’re on the international break because it feels like things break up a little bit so it was a big challenge for us to keep the run going. We were at home and every time we have the passion of ours fans with us it’s always that little bit easier. It was a tough first half because we knew they’re a team that plays good football and they have a lot of quality up front, but when we started playing in the second half and the passes were flowing and we could put a few attacks together the goals just kept coming.
on Mesut Ozil…
Mesut is a player that always keeps giving his best and is always surprising everyone and he’s a player that we’re very grateful and very lucky to have. When the team play well with good football and he can find space he’s always a killer with his passes and finishes, so for us to have a player like him in the team is very important.
on whether his jaw ever hits the floor when he’s watching Ozil…
It is like that! It’s like that in training and it’s like that game by game. It’s always a blessing to have players like that but the work comes from the whole team and it comes from the back from the goalkeeper to the striker. We’re all one and when you have players with such quality it’s always that little bit easier.

Ozil shoulder brush

Ozil shoulder brush

on what type of captain Ozil is…
Mesut is a player that has been through a lot in his career through loads of ups and downs, but most of all he’s a born champion and he’s a player who has so many records in the world of football, so he’s a player that is an example for everyone. Everyone wants to have the success that he’s had on and off the pitch, so for us to have someone like him as a captain is really important.
on his assessment of his performance…
These things can happen in football [the own goal]. You can’t always win and it’s something that we were a bit unlucky with as well, but it’s all about lifting your head up. It’s not about how many times you fall it’s about getting up after and with the help of my teammates we could get the game going. We knew that chances were going to come so it’s important that we scored them.
on how much more there is to give…
For us it’s always important to improve and keep things realistic. It’s a new season with a new manager and of course we’re almost in November already, so things are getting a bit easier in terms of tactically and we know the way that the coach wants to play. As you can see on the pitch we’re way more organised and the football flows a bit more, but as I’ve said, it’s only the start and there’s a lot of work we still need to do. Hopefully the results are going to keep coming.
on whether he’s ready to go again ahead of a busy week…
Of course, we’re always ready and we’re a team of players who are used to this kind of week so we will do the best we can and we will give 100% in the next game