Hector Bellerin says Mesut Ozil is hugely appreciated by his teammates and pointed to the German’s influential performance against Sp*rs as proof that he gives everything for the Arsenal shirt.
Ozil claimed his 45th assist for the Gunners, and made more key passes than anyone else, as he helped Arsene Wenger’s men to a comprehensive 2-0 win in the North London derby. Substituted in the 84th minute he fully earned his standing ovation from the Emirates crowd.
Speaking to Arsenal.com after the match, Bellerin noted: “Mesut is someone who gets a lot of criticism, but the players who are around him are very happy to have him and play with him.
“He makes things easy for you. People sometimes talk about his body language, but he gives everything for this shirt.
“The players who play around him know that he makes everything so much easier.”
Bellerin drew special attention to the importance of the result, coming just days after important international games for so many of his peers.
“It feels really good [to win],” he added. “We’ve been working really hard over the past week.
“Obviously, we had people going to play internationals and playing for their lives ahead of the World Cup, so it’s been a hard few days. We’ve done really well and we’ve shown what we’ve worked on. I’m proud and very pleased for everyone.”
The Spaniard also took also thinks the three points will quell talk of a ‘power shift’ in north London after a week of media praise for Mauricio Pochettino’s zero-trophy winning squad.
“After a tough start, we were building up really well with good results. There’s always a lot of talk but I think it was one of those games where we showed what we could do.
“We shut some mouth as well. There are people who talk a lot and now, after watching that game at home, they’ll be thinking that these guys have a chance.”