The German international has been in great form since signing from Real Madrid for £42.4 m on transfer deadline day and has received great support from the Gunners fans.
The 24-year-old said the opener against Napoli was a way of thanking the supporters and is very proud of the team’s stellar performance that earned them a convincing 2-0 win.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
It’s a really nice feeling – especially to score at home. You could see that the fans really supported us up until the last minute.
What was important was that we won the game. Of course I’m pleased to have scored, especially at home. It was my way of thanking the fans.
Our aim is to play attractive and successful football. We did that tonight and have taken another step. We knew that it would be a really difficult win but we were deserved winners and we could have scored more. I’m really proud of the team.
Ozil has more assists in the Champions League than any other player in the last three years. He also set up Giroud’s strike against Napoli. He added:
Every player wants to score goals but everyone knows that I like assisting goals too. What’s important for us is that we take the next step forward as a team. We want to keep on developing.
We did that tonight, we took a step forward and won the game. Now we’re going to concentrate on the next match.
You can see in training how technically good this team is and that showed on the pitch tonight too. The team supports me so well. We’ve got some great players in our ranks. We showed tonight how good we are on the ball. They make life easier for me on the pitch and I’m thankful to them for that.
Ozil has been in excellent form and continued his high level of performances with a match winning display against Napoli by opening his Arsenal account and also assisting Giroud for the second goal.
The German international’s creative talent and ability to dissect a defence was on full display against the Naples club. His contribution to the team is difficult to quantify because he is not only helping the team in terms of goals and assists but his presence has also lifted the spirits of his team mates bringing out the best in them. They all appear to have more confidence with Ozil in the side.
This win gave Arsenal six points in their first two Group F fixtures and are now top of their group in the Champions League. If we can get some points against Dortmund in the upcoming home and away fixtures then the Gunners will be odds on to qualify for the next stage which looked very challenging when the draw took place.
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