Kieran Gibbs says the Arsenal squad are more focused than ever because they don’t want to disappoint new boy Mesut Ozil.
The 25-year-old German has enjoyed three consecutive wins since moving to the Emirates from Real Madrid with Gibbs suggesting that the midfielder’s mere presence has lifted the whole squad to another level.
“It’s positive for us and a signing like Ozil is going to push our squad forward because you don’t want to let him down,” Gibbs told Arsenal.com after Sunday’s win against Stoke.
“You want to perform for him and he will take us to the next level. He’s really enjoying himself. He looks very determined and happy and he’s a humble boy as well.
“Coming from a club like Real Madrid you would expect a player to come with a bigger head on their shoulders but he’s very down to earth and he’s passionate.”
The left-back also touched on the way Arsenal have picked up where they left off at the tail end of last term and underlined his determination to see the club challenge for the title.
“I think the team is just gelling. We’ve had a strong finish to last season and people could see the players really gel. I think that’s happening this season at an earlier stage.
“I’m very excited about the quality of the squad and when we get more players back from injury I feel like we’ll be a force. We need to keep focused and build on our run. I’m sure we can be contenders.”
In other news Arsenal have confirmed that 19-year-old centre-back Semi Ajayi has signed a contract at the club after impressing on trial. Arseblog News wonders whether he might have a shot at first team action as soon as Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash with West Brom…