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How Mesut wants to give Utd the blues

Published: 18 November, 2016
by STEVE BARNETT

MESUT Ozil is calling on his Arsenal team-mates to replicate the display that earned them a victory over Chelsea earlier this season when they visit Manchester United on Saturday. 

Back in September the Gunners put in one of their most dominant 45-minute showings of the season so far to brush aside Antonio Conte’s men at the Emirates Stadium. 

Ozil, who was rested by Germany manager Joachim Loew during the recent international break, was among the scorers that day and he’s confident that a repeat performance this weekend at Old Trafford will again bear fruits for Arsene Wenger’s side. 

“We need to win every game, get as many points as possible and also be successful against the big teams, like we were against Chelsea,” he told Arsenal Player. 

“We have the quality to beat any team and that’s what we want to show this season. 

“You can see that the big clubs at the top have quality, and that we have to win every game because of how tight it is. Our goal has to be to look at ourselves. We know if we win the games, we’ll be at the top at the end.” 

Meanwhile Arsenal are confident Alexis Sanchez will be fit for Saturday.

There were concerns that the 27-year-old was going to miss the lunchtime kick off after picking up a muscle injury while on international duty. But Sanchez looked back to his very best on Tuesday when he scored twice to help Chile beat Uruguay 3-1 in their World Cup qualifier. 

Another player who will be looking to impress on Saturday will be Alex Iwobi, who is expected to start on the right side of Arsenal’s midfield. 

A rapid rise from Steve Gatting’s Under-21s side saw Iwobi propelled into the first team just over a year ago, and now he is fully focused on keeping hold of his place. 

The 20-year-old knows, however, that he can’t take his place in the team for granted. “If you don’t do as well as you think you could’ve done, there’s other players, other internationals, great players, that can just step in and do a job,” he said. “So you just have to take the chance all the time and do your best when the time comes. You’ve got to have the right attitude, and you’ve got to be mentally prepared for whatever happens.” 

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