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Arsenal news: 'Of course we're happy to be in front of Tottenham', says Mesut Ozil

453   //    02 Apr 2019, 13:03 IST

Arsenal have leapfrogged their bitter rivals on the Premier League table
Arsenal have leapfrogged their bitter rivals on the Premier League table

What's the story?

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has expressed his happiness at his side's crucial 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday, stating that he is elated to be above rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League standings.

In case you didn't know...

Despite recent snubs from the Gunners squad, Ozil put up a man-of-the-match performance against the Magpies, helping his side jump past the Spurs in the league standings.

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham were ten points clear above Arsenal just a month ago but a series of disappointing results led their North London rivals to catch up to them.

Unai Emery was all praise for the German after the game saying (via BBC),

"I like how every player is playing and Mesut with his quality is helping us and giving us his work. Also individual moments and skills, he has the capacity to help us."
"Mesut is playing like we want, with the system and tactically. He is working a lot and after that work he is also giving us his quality."

The heart of the matter

Speaking to reporters (via The Daily Mail UK), Ozil said,

"Our aim is to get to the top four so of course we are happy we are in front of Tottenham."
"It is always competition with them but if we play like we play today, we want to win and take all the points to get top four by the end of the season."
"We are very happy. Our aim tonight was to take the three points, we played well and congratulations to the whole team. We are all very happy."

The midfielder added,

"My work is to give everything on the pitch. I just want to help my team-mates to win the game and I think we play very well as a team, not just me."

What's next?

Arsenal will travel to Everton on Sunday in the hopes of maintaining their spot in the top four as the race for a Champions League spot continues to heat up.