When Mesut Ozil was signed by Arsenal a couple of years ago, the German play maker had formed a reputation as being the king of the assists with his creative talents at both Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga and Real Madrid of La Liga, as well as his stunning performances for the Germany national side.
It is always a good thing to have confidence, especially in football as in any professional sport it helps the players top get the best out of themselves and be more relaxed going into big games or competitions. And after Arsenal beat our Premier League rivals Manchester United with such a convincing showing last weekend it is easy to understand why the Gunners have plenty of self belief right now.
Arsenal v Man Utd thoughts by TJ
I watched the game three times. The first live, and then two more times to take a look at our shape, tactics and work rate. I am sure many of you watched it many more times than I did!
An absolutely brilliant performance from Arsenal against Man United yesterday lifted us up to second in the Premier League table, and broke our duck against our great rivals in the League. After flying into a 3-0 lead with two brilliant goals from Sanchez, including a back-heel that reminded me of a Gianfranco Zola goal that was once Goal-Of-The-Season, and an easy Ozil finish after being set up by Walcott.
The only complaint that I can have with the Arsenal performance today was that we did not score more goals. I have no problems at all with the way we eased off and sat back after storming into a three goal lead against Manchester United.
I might not agree with everything that Arsene Wenger has been saying this week about Arsenal and his under fire players, not many fans would after that shocker against the Greek champions, but I have to agree with him on what he said about the laziness of the football media and how they report on and analyse games and individual performances.
Arsenal Players should take 80% of the blame. By Galen
I try not write any article immediately after a game of football. Most often the anger is doing all the talking. I have gone back to Arsenal Player and watch our game vs Olympiakos. I have also read and seen the comments of the fans when the starting XI was put out. They all seemed to be very happy and pleased with the starting XI.
You might think that Arsenal should be scoring more goals, considering that with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey we have the most potent attack when it comes to creating chances. But I do not think that this is our main problem.