The Gunners head to the principality on Tuesday night having slumped to a surprise loss in last month’s first leg at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have responded well to the disappointment of losing to the Ligue 1 side by securing four consecutive victories, including an impressive 2-1 win at Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last week.
We want to disrupt their rhythm and try to score as early as possible
And Ozil, who helped Arsenal beat West Ham United 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, feels that a strong start to the second leg against Monaco will be key for the north London side.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Ozil said: “It’s very important to score early, but we will remain patient,” Ozil said. “We want to fight and battle from the first minute until the last.
“This is a match that we are determined to win. We have to score three goals and our aim is to do just that while remaining tight in defence.
“If we play as we are capable of doing in Monaco, I still believe that we have a real chance to progress.
“We want to disrupt their rhythm and try to score as early as possible. It’s going to be difficult to score three times because they have defended well in the tournament so far, but if you look at our past matches and the way we played against Manchester United last week, I think there’s a chance we can still progress.”
“We have to believe in yourselves. When you believe in yourselves, a positive energy grows that you can achieve your aims. In football, things that may look unlikely can happen.
“I know that if we believe in ourselves and utilise our potential, we can still go through.”
Ozil, 26, has made 14 Premier League appearances this season, scoring three goals and making five assists for Arsene Wenger’s men. His last goal came during the 2-1 defeat by rivals Tottenham last month.
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