Arsenal youngster Oguzhan Ozyakup (thankfully known as ‘Ozzy’) says he’s not daunted by the competition at Arsenal and that he’s learning a lot from new arrival Yossi Benayoun.
The young Dutchling, who plays primarily in central midfield, has made two substitute appearances in the Carling Cup this season and he’s determined to make it despite the number of players currently ahead of him in the pecking order.
Speaking to this month’s edition of the Arsenal Magazine, Ozzy said, “What is clear at Arsenal is that young players have the opportunity to play and develop, if they are good enough.
“I know that some people may have the attitude that there’s too much competition at Arsenal, it will be better to play elswhere. I say, I want to be the best I can be and I am the only club where I believe that can happen. I really have a passion for Arsenal. I love this club and this is where I want to be.
“I know it will be tough but anything worth fighting for is.”
Ozzy cites Cesc Fabregas as an influence on the way he plays and looks to Mikel Arteta as someone he can learn from in training. But he suggests that on-loan Yossi Benayoun is the player he most likens himself to.
“I try to learn from everyone”, he said, “but I must say the the player I now learn a lot from is Yossi Benayoun. He is so intelligent as player, he works so hard. He is clever in attack and defence, he seems to be in the right position to break up the opposition moves and reads the game so well.
“He is also the nicest person. He has so much time for all the younger players and whenever he plays he gives everything, whether is it is in the reserves, the Carling Cup or the first team.”
The road to the Arsenal first team is long and difficult for any young player, but with that kind of attitude Ozyakup might well be causing commentators nightmares sooner rather than later.
Read the full interview with Oguzhan Ozyakup in the Arsenal Magazine.