Mesut Ozil has reiterated his belief that Mikel Arteta is the right man to lead Arsenal citing the Spaniard’s football philosophy and relatability as two key factors in players enjoying their football again.
On the surface, two wins, two draws and a defeat in the new coach’s opening five matches don’t make for particularly eye-catching stats but there’s a positive vibe that the players are engaged with his new ideas.
While qualifying for the top four this season may well be out of reach, there’s a sense that our young squad is now part of an intriguing new project.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Ozil, who was a teammate of Arteta’s for three years, said: “He can show us everything he has learnt his long career so he knows exactly what we need to do, and so we know what we need to do as well.
“He just pushes us far to get there so we can play successfully.
“He knows what to say to us, how to give us a positive attitude and how to make us be successful. I can see he is really hungry, but at the same time he is very down to earth and that is a very good characteristic to make us be a successful team.
“It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues. Fighting and having possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time. These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it – everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time at the moment and this has made us be successful now.
“I think he is the right man at this club.”