Date: 5th November 2016 at 8:22pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Mesut Ozil’s development since he moved to the club, and Ozil’s also been speaking ahead of the Tottenham derby.

With Ozil picking up his seventh goal of the 2016/17 campaign in the Champions League tie against Ludogorets – and giving us the win in the process to complete the comeback – Wenger was speaking to the Official Site about the player yesterday, and he felt that Ozil now pushes himself more in games, and he’s certainly getting the reward for that.

‘He pushes himself much more. He has that in him as well. Sometimes the trap for very talented players is that it is easy for them. They know subconsciously they don’t need to push themselves too hard to be efficient. It’s so easy. I can’t tell you because I was never in that situation!’

Asked for more, Wenger went on to say that a relaxed style with players looking like they aren’t putting in the effort can be misleading, but despite Ozil still not throwing himself into crunching tackles, he feels he’s made that effort adjustment to the Premier League nicely now.

‘You have to be cautious in that, by looking at that. People who look fluid, lax with their joints, not stiff with their joints, don`t look as if they push themselves too much, but if you look at their performances they surprise you many times. They look like they don`t push themselves. More the reluctance with him was that people were saying he didn`t go too much into challenges or tough contact. He`s more a guy whose strength is to get out of things but on that front I believe he`s improved as well.’

And on the Premier League being a shock for him given its physical nature.

‘A little bit, yes. He`s a player who left some people sceptical but every time you looked at the game again, he had the ball more, made something intelligent happen and I was always supportive of him. I believe that a player needs to meet his needs inside a club. Where he lives he is certainly in London. It is difficult not to be happy in London. I believe that the happiness a player has when he plays comes out by his performance. I hope he is happy.’

With Ozil now having played in five derbies, he was also in front of the media talking about the passion of these games.

‘Of course as a player you feel it some days before the game – you feel the passion, you see the fans and you read in the newspaper that the derby is beginning. All the fans want something special, so our job on the pitch is to win the game, to take the three points against Tottenham. It would be huge for us to take the three points against them.’

Alexis Sanchez was also in front of the media yesterday, and the occasion wasn’t lost on him with five previous experiences also.

‘It’s going to have everything. It’ll be a high-intensity match with plenty of hustle and bustle. I’ve played them a few times now and the first time I didn’t know what to expect. They told me I had to start strong, and I remember I got taken out early on but then told myself that wouldn’t happen again. We like to dominate possession and pass the ball around, but we’ll have to be wise to the counter-attack on Sunday.’

Speaking about what the game meant for the fans, he added that he does get told to make sure we win this one in particular.

‘Absolutely, it’s a game that they want to see us win at all costs. They’re a massive rival. My team-mates and I will leave everything on the pitch. The Arsenal fans are amazing supporters and that really helps me to perform well and want to give them something to celebrate.’

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