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Interview

What ‘sharp’ Ozil has added to his game

Mesut Ozil

Watching Mesut Ozil glide around the pitch during the north London derby was to see a player at the very top of his game.

The World Cup winner was voted man of the match after an outstanding display, and Arsene Wenger puts it down to a very specific addition he has made to his game.

“Mesut has worked hard and he is extremely fit at the moment as well, and that is why you see him sharp,” the manager said.

“The quality of his technical aspect is always there but he has added a more determined attitude and that is what you want from him.

“Football today is very demanding in the mental and physical aspects and Mesut is in much better physical shape than he was before.

“Every player wants to be a star and when they don’t manage to do it they are really disappointed but the best way to achieve it is to work hard and show the quality of performance that people expect from you.”

Quiz

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Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has given us some truly unforgettable moments since he arrived in north London.

From helping us lift three Emirates FA Cups in four years to scoring a sensational last-minute winner against Ludogorets, the World Cup winner has given us plenty of memories to savour.

But how much do you know about Mesut's career to date? Find out by taking our quiz below:

Interview

Ozil - The skills creative players need

Since he joined us in September 2013, no player has created as many Premier League goals as Mesut Ozil.

An integral cog in our attacking engine, the German playmaker has established himself as one of the world’s foremost No 10s - but where does his ability stem from?

“As a child, I used to enjoy just playing around and obviously to give assists,” Ozil told Arsenal Player. “Ultimately, through that, you score goals and you help your team. And that’s why I still enjoy doing that today. 

“On the pitch, whether I score goals or make assists, they’re both the same for me and that makes me happy.

“When I receive the ball in the opponent’s half, I always think offensively so I can pick out chances to score a goal or to assist someone. It’s normal that when I get the ball that I play forward. In my opinion, a creative player should have fun on the pitch and should follow his playing style to assist goals and score themselves.

“Ultimately, in my position, everything is always quite tight. The moment you receive the ball in midfield you’re already surrounded by three or four opponents who want to attack you. You just have to find the solutions quicker. So, for me, everything happens automatically. 

“How do I feel when this all comes together? Obviously very positive and happy. Ultimately, football is a team sport and every one of your team-mates wants to work hard to help the team. When everyone is linked up it makes it a lot easier and it makes you really happy.”

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