Mesut Ozil believes Borussia Dortmund are better than ever but remains confident that Arsenal can end their trophy drought given their standing in the Premier League.
Speaking to homeland publication Bild.de ahead of Wednesday’s crunch clash with the Bundesliga’s second-place team, the midfielder remarked that defeat at the Emirates two weeks ago was annoying and that BVB’s victory again marks them out as serious contenders for the Champions League title.
“There is no sting, but every defeat annoys me. Home defeats especially and in the Champions League even more so. We were about to turn the game around when Dortmund grabbed their second goal.
“Whoever beats us at home is naturally among the title favourites. Sure, why not? Dortmund was already a strong team last season and my impression is that they are better than ever!”
Quizzed on how he’s settled at Arsenal since his high-profile summer and what it’s like playing with ex-Dortmund hero Tomas Rosicky, Ozil spoke enthusiastically about his new circumstances.
“Frankly. Everything at Arsenal is great fun. The manager, the teammates, London life – I feel really great there. And the direct passing of Rosicky is there also…”
“Why not!” he responded when asked if Wenger’s table-topping Gunners can win the domestic title.
“Whoever is five points ahead after ten games has the potential to be the winner at the end of the season.”
Given his muted showing against Dortmund a couple of weeks ago – not to mention his status as an ex-Schalke man – Ozil will no doubt be looking to impress on home territory tomorrow evening.
It’s vital that the team as a whole puts in a decent shift, any slip-up and our hopes of progression could hang by a thread despite our fine start.