Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil answers the big questions
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil claimed another assist as Arsenal beat Sunderland to keep pace with the Premier League leaders on Saturday - and the German star has claimed that this is his best season yet.
Arsenal's record signing now has 12 assists to his credit this season and ahead of the Gunners' crucial Champions League clash against Olympiacos on Wednesday, he sat down for this Q&A.
Q: How would you describe this season compared to previous ones?
A: I’d say very positive. Personally for me this season has been really good with the number of assists that I have, but the most important thing is that we play well as a team and we have to try our best to stay at the top. The team really help me play the way that I play and I’m really happy with the way it’s going now.
Q: How much have you developed compared to previous years?
A: I would say that I have also played really well in other seasons. Maybe I didn’t score as many goals but it wasn’t as if I have had bad seasons. Don’t forget that I was injured for a few months. I’m developing as a player and this season everything is going really well so I am very happy about that.
Q: Is this the best Mesut Ozil we’ve seen?
A: This season is the strongest season I have ever played. I am on a good way, playing really well, everything is working really well and, as I already said, this season everything’s going really well. The main thing is that you stay healthy, that you stay fit. I believe in myself.
Q: How hard will the Olympiacos game be?
A: It will be very hard. Olympiacos can play good football and we saw that at Emirates Stadium. They want to play on the counter-attack but we can’t concede goals like we did before again. The fans will be behind them and our goal is to beat them. It’s achieveable to win there by two goals and that’s what we want to do. We have to really give everything so that we can achieve this and get through to the next round.
Q: How would it feel to get knocked out of the Champions League?
A: We’re not looking at that. We have the quality to beat them and our goal is not to think about going out of the competition. We want to win this game and get through to the next round. We want to win this game with the two goals in our favour.
Q: How much confidence will Arsenal’s goalscoring form give you going into this game?
A: It will be very important. We have to be good in defence. If they score a goal then we have to score three goals, but we know that we can score goals. We know that we have a lot of quality up front, but our goal is to go into half-time ahead and then we will know that everything is possible. We have to also be careful in defence that we don’t concede a goal.
Q: What do you know about the atmosphere in Greece?
A: I have played in Greece before. I know that there will be a very good atmosphere, the fans are so passionate and they really support their team right through for the full 90 minutes. We have to be focused on the game, we have to give a really good performance. If we score an early goal, I’m confident that we can win this game and go through. I hope that I can help the team with a good performance on the night.