Wenger hails spirit and optimum Ozil for saving Arsenal

I bet Arsene Wenger is mightily relieved that he chose to field as strong an Arsenal team as possible in our Champions League away tie with Ludogorets Razgrad last night. With a crucial north London derby clash with Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend and with the home tie against the Bulgarians finishing 6-0, the manager could have been tempted to rest some of the big stars.

He didn’t though, and it was just as well because we needed our best players and especially the brilliance of Mesut Ozil to snatch a vital win, as the Germany international provided the assist for Granit Xhaka to score our first and start the fightback as well as scoring the winner in the dying minutes.

When the ball hit the back of the net after Ozil had chipped the Ludogorets keeper and beaten two defenders, there was double delight and relief for the manager, because he admitted after the match in comments reported by Sky Sports that he thought our skilful midfield star had fluffed his lines and messed up the chance.

Wenger said, “I would say great players make the right decisions in the game situations they face.

“They take the optimum solution. To me, it didn’t look like the optimum solution. You wanted him to take the chance earlier. But he had enough skill to prove he was right.

“When the ball was in the back of the net, it was clear it had been the optimum solution.”

It was not only the brilliance of Ozil that rescued Arsenal after going two goals down though, but strong character and fighting spirit throughout the side, something that has been proven to be much more in evidence with the Gunners this season.

He went on, “I give credit to the team spirit for that.

“You get belief with positive results, and this shows a healthy mentality in the group. The two together come out in these kind of games.

“We were caught cold and were 2-0 down. After that, I felt we kept our composure, didn’t panic and came slowly back. It was good to be 2-2 at half-time.

“We dropped a bit physically in the second half, but continued to dominate even if we were exposed to counter-attacks.”

So yet again Arsenal rescued a game that in other seasons we might well not have, so with Ozil on fire and everyone fighting hard for the cause, will this be Arsenal’s year?


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  1. JustJoy says:

    now a win against Spuds…

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Then ManU and PSG…

      1. Juhislihis McLovin says:


        One game at a time my friend..

        For a second, it looked like we already started bottling the November. But we fought. I wasn’t too worried, I haven’t been depressed from going 0-2 down since that comeback against Hull City.

        I just hope we play the strongest line up available against the Potatos. That would mean no Ramsey, whose role I am not sure of in the line up..

        1. NY_Gunner says:

          @J McLovin
          I hear ya…Just thinkin out loud.

  2. John Legend says:

    We have been unusually lucky this season. We have likewise been showing good mental strength. I am really optimistic about this season.
    I just hope Arsene will be able to gear the players when they seem to struggle.

  3. Eddy Hoyte says:

    “I don’t want to say too much because it will get in his head and he’s going to think he’s the best again!
    “No, we know his qualities. He is incredible. He is calm in front of goal, I think I would have just taken the first touch and shot from 20 yards away!
    “But he stays cool, he has the calmness and finishes off brilliantly.”- MUSTAFI on Ozil

    “I say after every game that there is no point in thinking too far ahead because you have two or three days between games and there is no time to think about the Champions League anymore,” he told Arsenal.com.
    “The game is finished now and in three days you have another one.
    “The next game is Tottenham and that’s going to be important as well at home, so we are focused for that one now.”- MUSTAFI

    wow!!! i keep loving dis guy, i like his determination n will to stay focused

  4. arsenal_canada says:

    Has anyone else watched the goal 50 times like I have?! Lol!

  5. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Please do the same thing to Spuds, Mesut
    Actually any Gunner is allowed to score against Spuds lol

    I want to win this match sooooooooooo badly

  6. Break-on-through says:

    Something I wanna bring up. I remember clearly last season and other times when Ozil would be missing for basically the entire game but would then pop up with a great assist. Some fans would be saying he needs to help out defensively or why is he going missing for large periods. Whereas allot of fans would state that he is here to create goals, and that’s what it all comes down to, before saying he’s the best at it. I don’t know if you can see where I’m going with this. Here it is, Ramsey has only come back from injury, he’s played 1 full game and a portion of another game yet he has an assist from each game. Last nights assist reminded of a few of Ozil’s from last season. The Giroud goal was all about that cross, Giroud only had to reach it. Ozil hit a few the same last season. Thought I’d mention it because I think some people go overboard in singling people out.

  7. Benzorla says:

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  8. Break-on-through says:

    Another thing I wanna bring up. Now that Gibbs has made a bad error in judgement no doubt we’ll here how I told ya so he’s no good. Mustafi has made two similarly costly errors that I can remember. Koscielny made at least one bad error this season. Ospina can be shaky with crosses from time so has an error in him. Xhaka made a bad error not long back. My point is they all make mistakes, if a first teamer can make them you can bet your life a squad player will too.

    1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

      I noticed that too. It’s funny how somebody said that “Now you all see why Monreal starts ahead of Gibbs, it’s because Gibbs can’t defend”, when in fact Monreal has been outdone in duels by pretty much every winger in the Premier League this season.

      It’s plastic mentality at its finest.

  9. Quophi says:

    Spurs is there for the taking…. They look deflated against the Germans. I really hope we crush them in the NLD…….Oh! I almost forgot

    MESUT OZIL!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Quophi says:

    Sorry I meant Spurs *are* there for the taking. Too excited

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      They up their game when it’s the NLD. They’re saving themselves for us…Don’t be fooled.

      1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

        Janssen injured?

        This has to be the time to beat Spuds. It has to. Draw is not an option.

      2. Quophi says:

        @NY Gunner I know They’re not comfortable playing in Wembley but They lost dembele, adewiereld and probably Jansen. They have only scored one goal in thier last six games…. Thier confidence is low right now and thier fans are pretty nervous atm.
        Let’s gun the chickens!!!!

  11. Wilshegz says:

    Ozil really saved us and we cnt afford to take such risks again.. Wenger should have started alexis upfront, ox on the wing and bring in Giroud in the 2nd half.
    our attack was so domant and lacked any flow

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