Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil’s surprising admission about Arsenal’s team spirit [Kicker]

More Mesut Ozil revelations

As the days go by, more and more revelations are appearing from Mesut Ozil’s interview with German magazine Kicker.

On Sunday, Kicker themselves revealed that Ozil’s main condition for staying at Arsenal would be down to whether Arsene Wenger lasts beyond this season at The Emirates.

Yesterday, it emerged that Ozil had another condition: The German playmaker wants the number 10 shirt at Arsenal currently held by Jack Wilshere.

Ozil: “We have a better team spirit”

Also in the Kicker interview, Ozil discussed Arsenal’s Premier League title chances.

Arsenal currently trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by eight points but Ozil feels the Gunners are still in with a good shout.

When questioned if Arsenal are already out of the Premier League title race, Ozil replied: “Definitely not, the past has shown it. We led the league around a year ago, and more than a few thought we’d now go on and win the title. Chelsea are in that role now. We need to get on a roll, and you are nearing the top soon enough. I am convinced that we can still achieve our goal to be at the very top at the end.”

The former Real Madrid man also cast aspersions on the team spirit amongst previous Arsenal squads: “We’ve got more potential with our new signings like Granit Xhaka or Shkodran Mustafi. And we have a better team spirit. In the past few years, there were always those players who felt aggrieved for being benched. Now those subbed in are hungrier. Everyone feels that we can really achieve something this year.”

Ozil on his own form

The Arsenal star also discussed his own form with Kicker, he has scored more goals than usual this year, but provided less assists: “Many expected me to make more shots and score more goals. And it worked out better than in the past years. I have not become more egoistic, but my running paths are a bit different. I don’t collect balls from that deep, but instead wait a bit further up the field.”

Ozil continued: “I might have five minutes without any ball contact, but more chances in front of the goal. The most important thing for me: I need to have freedom on the pitch. That’s what I need. And the coach grants me that freedom, that’s why I am on a roll.”

Finally, Ozil discussed the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich and appeared positive when he said the German giants “are not unbeatable, especially not this year.”

Translation via ESPN.