Mesut Ozil has dedicated his first Arsenal goal to the fans and revealed that the way he and his new teammates dismantled Napoli filled him with pride.
The German international, whose performance was described as ‘absolutely amazing’ by Arsene Wenger, side-footed a sumptuous opener after just eight minutes before assisting Olivier Giroud as the Gunners closed out an impressive 2-0 win.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game the 24-year-old reflected on a job well done:
“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.”
Having seen his own scoring exploits hog most of the headlines in recent weeks, Aaron Ramsey tipped Ozil to go from strength to strength in front of goal after watching his teammate open his account in style.
“We are all really pleased for him because he’s given a lot of assists this season. I was happy to set him up and the team were happy for him to get his first goal.
“I think he’s settled in pretty well. He’s made a few assists already and got his first goal tonight so that’s pleasing for him and the team. Hopefully he will score many more.”
Given the reliance on Olivier Giroud it’s more important than ever that the midfield step up and chip in with goals. So far they’ve done exactly that and with Santi Cazorla, Chamberlain and Podolski all waiting in the wings, not to mention Theo Walcott and the Ox, we’re looking quite the threat in and around the box. Long may it continue.