Dig at Emery? Ozil hails Arteta for bringing back ‘old Arsenal virtues’

Mesut Ozil has praised Mikel Arteta for bringing back “old Arsenal virtues” that existed during Arsene Wenger’s reign as boss.

Arsenal have had an awful first half of the season, only winning six times in 22 Premier League matches, leaving them tenth in the table.

Unai Emery was sacked in November after going seven matches without a win and Arteta has also had mixed results – but fans can be encouraged by some of their performances.

And Ozil believes Arteta has reintroduced certain things that weren’t implemented during Emery‘s time in charge.

“It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues,” Ozil is quoted at saying in The Sun.

“Fighting and having possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time.

“These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it  — everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time — it has made us successful.


“I think he is the right man at this club.

“He can show us everything he has learnt in his long career. He knows exactly what we need.

“He knows what to say to us, how to give us a positive attitude and how to make us successful.

“I can see he is really hungry but at the same time he is also very down to earth.”


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