Mustafi: What I told Ozil just before Arsenal scored against Tottenham
Shkodran Mustafi opens up about what he told Mesut Ozil during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Tottenham
Shkodran Mustafi has revealed that he told Mesut Ozil to take the free-kick that led to his opening goal for Arsenal in the 2-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
Ozil provided the cross for Mustafi’s opener in the 36th minute as the German defender headed his team into the lead.
Alexis Sanchez then proved his worth to the Gunners when he fired home from close range to make it 2-0 shortly after.
Ozil was named as the man of the match for Arsenal on Saturday thanks to his sparkling display for the north London side at The Emirates.
However, Mustafi has revealed that it was him who encouraged Ozil to take the free-kick that led to the opener in the Premier League encounter.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mustafi said: “As I was going up for the free-kick, Mesut was on the other side of the pitch and I told him: ‘Please, go to the ball and bring it in!’.
“Because I know his left foot and his deliveries.
“If you have players who can put the ball in like that, you go in with belief.”
Arsenal return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they travel to Germany to take on Cologne.
The Gunners have already booked their place in the last 32 of Europe’s second tier club competition.
Arsenal will then return to Premier League action next weekend when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners are still 12 points behind leaders Manchester City in the table.