Mesut Ozil knows exactly how Arsenal can beat Liverpool
Mesut Ozil is confident of beating Liverpool when Arsenal takes on the Merseyside at home, after the Gunners humbled the visitors 4-1 in last season's corresponding fixture
Mesut Ozil has admitted that Arsenal knows how to deal with Liverpool and get the win ahead of the Premier League fixture between the two sides, according to Arsenal’s official website. The Arsenal midfielder was on the scoresheet against the Merseyside club along with Sanchez, Giroud and Bellerin as the Gunners ran out 4-1 winners over Brendan Rodger’s side in April last season.
Arsenal are looking forward to picking up their first home win of the season after losing against West Ham on the opening day of the Premier League, although they are on a high after beating Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last week. They face a Liverpool side who have won two games on the trot, but aren’t looking particularly prolific having scored just two goals despite signing several attacking players in the summer.
Ozil’s 40th-minute free-kick gave the Gunners a two-goal lead before half-time, and the German World Cup winner attributes the goal to the extensive practice he had before the game.
"During the warmup I kept focusing on that corner and took five shots after the other," he said, according to the club’s official website. "The practice went well and that's why I thought during the game that it had gone well in the warm up so I would surprise the goalkeeper. That's how I scored the goal, and I was really pleased with it.”
He went on to add: "It was a nice feeling. When you assist goals or score them yourself, it does you good but what's most important is that we have success as a team and that was the case against Liverpool last season."
Ozil believes Arsenal are focused ahead of the tie
The 26-year-old also expects Arsenal to follow Arsene Wenger’s tactics just like they had done last season, and wants his side to maintain the same high level of concentration they had in last seasons’s fixture.
"We were really convincing," Ozil said, as quoted on Sky Sports. "The whole team was very focused and played really well. I remember that we delivered a really convincing display."
“In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time. We’re at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool. That’s what we want to do on Monday.”
Mesut turned in an assured display for Arsenal during his side’s win against Crystal Palace, completing 54 out of a possible 55 passes with a pass completion rate of 98 percent. He also helped set up Giroud for Arsenal’s first goal with a wicked cross from the left, although he could have registered a few more assists had his teammates been more clinical in front of goal.