Mesut Ozil says Arsenal’s growing collective maturity is helping him take games by the scruff of the net more regularly.
The German midfielder has been in fine fettle in recent weeks assisting goals in six consecutive games to take his season’s tally to ten. His form has had supporters purring and previously critical pundits changing their tune with the likes of Thierry Henry admitting, “he’s finally delivering.”
Identifying a willingness to learn from past defeats and increased squad depth Ozil underlined why he feels the Gunners have shown a marked improvement and how it’s helping him personally.
“I think as a team you can see that we’ve become more mature,” he told Arsenal Player. “We’ve learnt from our mistakes and you can see on the pitch that we’re more steady.
“We’ve had some setbacks this season but we’ve learnt from them and it shows on the pitch that my teammates are looking for me even more and I’m able to control the game better.
“You can see that we function well as a team. It doesn’t matter who plays from the start, we’re always there. You need a big squad if you are to be successful and that’s why things are working well.
“When you look at the past seasons, we’ve always been a technically-strong team but when we played against big teams, we dropped points. In the second half of last season and in this year so far, we’ve proved ourselves against the biggest teams.
“You learn from your mistakes and we can measure ourselves with the best. That distinguishes us as a team.”
Elsewhere, Alexis Sanchez appears to have come through Chile’s latest World Cup qualifier against Uruguay unscathed, however, the 3-0 defeat in Montevideo has left a sour taste in the striker’s mouth.
Taking to Instagram Sanchez was scathing about Uruguay’s lack of grace in victory stating: “You need to know how to win and how to lose and I speak when I win and when I lose.
“But what annoys me about past and present and other Uruguayan players … is that they speak without acknowledging that they’ve lost.
“Today we lost and I congratulate them … it’s goodbye from the champions of the Americas.”
Save that anger for Tony Pulis Alexis…