After today’s very enjoyable 2-0 win over Sp*rs, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi, spoke to Sky Sports after the game.
Here’s what they had to say.
Have you been involved in a better Arsenal performance than that?
Mustafi: I think so, I think we had some good performances. The only important thing is to keep it up. We did well today, it’s a derby so it’s always a special game.
We showed character, we were always there in the important moments, when you do all that you win games.
Mesut, fantastic today. Your energy and drive, you seemed to find a new level. What inspired that?
Really, on the pitch I just think about the team, not myself, just to give everything on the pitch. So today our aim was to do everything, we believe in ourselves and at the end of the day we won the game so we’re really happy.
How exciting is it to play in that trio with Sanchez and Lacazette, there’s so much talent?
I really enjoy it, I talked to you guys in the past so we have good quality. And Lacazette and Alexis are always dangerous, they can always score, today Alexis especially showed his quality and I’m really happy for him to score against Tottenham.
Shkodran, Mesut hung it up there, you got your head on, was there a second there where you didn’t know if it was going in or out?
The thing is, as I was going up, he was on the other side of the pitch and I said ‘Mes, please go to the ball and bring it in’, because I know his left foot and I know his deliveries.
If you have players who can put the ball in like that, you go in with belief and that’s the most important thing when you go up for corners and free kicks – when you believe you can have an opportunity to score. With the team we have, with the quality we have, you go in and try and get your head on the ball.
It looked offside.
I was only happy that they didn’t blow the whistle because it happened before to me against Chelsea, this time I’m lucky to get away with it. That’s football, you always get things against us, things for us, and at the end of the year it’s always a draw – you get good things and bad things …
… especially after Man City …
That’s what I’m talking about. You have to count for the whole season and at the end of the year everyone gets something, in the end it’s fair.
Mesut, are wins against Tottenham the sweetest?
Of course. We are happy, the fans are happy, you see our defensive is more stable.
[Laughter between himself and Mustafi]