Shkodran Mustafi has heaped praise on Mesut Ozil after watching his compatriot net his first hat-trick for Arsenal in the 6-0 drubbing of Champions League opponents Ludogorets.
The midfielder claimed his first assist of the season as Theo Walcott doubled the Gunners lead before half-time and then took the game by the scruff of the neck after the break netting three times in 31 minutes.
“I think we all know that he [Ozil] has qualities,” Mustafi told Arsenal Player after the game.
“As soon as he has the ball in the last third, he can make things happen and I think all the boys that played up front [on Wednesday] have been terrific for us.
“As I said, it was about taking the chances – we did that. Obviously, I’m happy for him, it’s going to give him a lot of confidence for the next game and I’m sure that we are going to need that.
“He has the qualities. He sees his team-mates, he sees all the runs, he has quality on the ball. His passing, his left foot… I think he has all that you need on the pitch.
“So yeah, that’s what makes him good. And then scoring three goals in a game just shows how good he is.”
Ozil now has six goals to his name in ten appearances this season and needs only two more to equal last season’s tally.
Mustafi also said that Arsenal’s ability to adapt their style of play is helping them overcome opponents and maintain their good form.
Recognising the importance of varying tactics during games, the World Cup winner noted:
“It’s about having identity. We are doing well reading the game, because sometimes it’s important to go up there and win the ball in the last third of the pitch.
“But sometimes it’s about being back, being compact and trying to win the ball in the middle of the pitch. I think that’s what makes big teams win titles, reading the game well.
“It’s not only about us just keeping playing our game. Sometimes if you see that it doesn’t work you have to change it and you have to be able to change your style of play.
“We’re doing that well, because sometimes we’re just playing always in the opponents’ half, and sometimes we’ll just drop and play counter-attack.”