Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil feels ‘really comfortable’ at the Gunners
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says playing for the Gunners make everything fun ahead of their clash against Borussia Dortmund
Mesut Ozil says he is enjoying his football at Arsenal ahead of their clash against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
The 25-year-old has scored three goals and made five assists in 11 appearances in all competitions after completing a club-record £42.5m move to Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Ozil was unable to help Arsenal avoid a 2-1 loss to Dortmund a fortnight ago, and the Germany international wants to make amends for the annoying defeat at Westfalenstadion.
“There is no sting, but every defeat annoys me. Home defeats especially. And in the Champions League more than ever,” Ozil told Bild.
“We were about to turn the game around. But Dortmund have made the second goal.
“I’ve been here for more than six years away from Schalke. It does not matter anymore, Champions League games are motivation enough.
“Honestly, Arsenal makes everything fun. The coach, the players, living in London, I feel really comfortable there.”
Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: Pre-match facts
• Dortmund, who are in their ninth participation in the Champions League, will be looking to go one step further than last year. In their most successful campaign since winning the 1997 UEFA Champions League, they remained unbeaten until the semi-final second leg when they went down 2-0 at Real Madrid.
• Jürgen Klopp’s team won all six of their home games in last season’s competition: against Real Madrid CF twice (2-1, 4-1), Ajax and Manchester City (both 1-0), Shakhtar Donetsk (3-0) and Málaga (3-2). They lost the final at Wembley 2-1 to domestic rivals Bayern München.
• Arsenal faced two Bundesliga sides last season, losing 2-0 at home to Schalke 04 before drawing 2-2 away, and 3-1 against Bayern in the round of 16 first leg, going out on away goals despite a 2-0 success in Munich. The matchday three defeat by Dortmund made it three successive home losses against Bundesliga clubs.
• Arsenal’s away record against German clubs is W4 D4 L5; overall it is W13 D5 L9.