Despite bagging a brace in the 4-1 victory over Norwich Mesut Ozil was happy to defer praise to the rest of the team including tiki-taka trio of Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere whose combination play in the build up to Arsenal’s opener he has described as ‘Playstation’ football.
Wilshere’s 18th minute strike, which finished off a beautifully constructed move which he himself began in his own half, has earned plaudits from across the football fraternity with Ozil the latest to add his own tribute.
“I’ve got to praise the three players involved for the first goal,” he told Arsenal Player.
“It was real ‘tiki taka’ – almost like they were playing PlayStation! It was an unbelievable goal.”
While the first goal of the day was otherworldly, the other three strikes weren’t bad either. Reflecting on the goal glut and the performance as a whole, Ozil continued:
“I know that I can still improve but I’m happy with my display and the performance of the team. Aaron Ramsey showed that any player who comes on will do his best for the team and will get involved in tackles and attacks immediately.
“That’s why we’ve been in such good form. I’m really proud of the team. We’re taking what the manager wants us to take into games and are making strides. Now we’ve got another three points and can be pleased with that.
“[Confidence] is really high. We know what we can do but we won’t get carried away. It’s still very early but we know how much potential we have in the team. We just enjoy playing and it shows on the pitch. We fight for each other and we are always there for one another. That’s why we’ve been so successful.”
To a certain extent the 4-1 scoreline and otherworldly goals have deflected attention from a squeaky bum period in the second half in which Norwich both controlled play and scored.
Taking heart from the fact Arsenal stood firm despite the pressure and then killed off their opponents, Wojciech Szczesny noted:
“It’s a funny result because 4-1 would indicate that we were the much better side but I thought Norwich were tremendous for long periods of the game.
“But they didn’t take their chances and we punished them for it with some great goals – especially the first one, which was one of the best goals I have seen at this stadium.
“Norwich really pushed us really hard and we scored when it looked like they were about to score. It’s important that when we are under pressure, we can break and score important goals to give ourselves a little cushion.
“That is what we did twice, at 1-0 and again at 2-1. Hopefully we can keep that going, it certainly takes the pressure off the defenders and [makes the match] much more enjoyable to play in.”