Unai Emery, Arsenal coach has called on Mesut Ozil to keep putting in performances like the one against Leicester on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Emery also backed his captain for the day’s claim that the team played “sexy football”.
Ozil was the star man at the Emirates, scoring a first-half equaliser and helping create two goals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the break as Arsenal rallied for a 3:1 win.
The win was Arsenal’s 10th straight win in all competitions- a first such streak since 2007 and Ozil’s best performance under Emery, as the German lived up to being named captain for a Premier League game for the first time.
Emery who was quick to focus on the team performance after the match, said he was pleased with the leadership Ozil showed in dragging his team back into the game. He said that:
Yeah, it’s very important [to be a leader] in this situation. But we have in the team a lot of players with this capacity. I think he [Ozil] can play every match with this commitment and with this quality, [whether he is] captain or not captain”.
Arsenal remained just two points behind leading duo Manchester City and Liverpool and are now level on points with Chelsea. But Emery refused to speculate about the team’s title chances. He said that:
“I think we need to continue with calm. For us it’s not important to think about the end (of the season). We need to think that the next match is against Crystal Palace next Sunday”.