Arsenal and Germany attacking midfielder Mesut Özil thinks that the respectful and welcoming atmosphere in the Gunners dressing room is one of the key reasons the club can be successful and why he is enjoying life in North London.
The 25 year old who has been subject to heavy criticism of late produced an impressive performance against Aston Villa last weekend and has been speaking to Arsenal.com about what it is like behind the scenes at Arsenal.
“You can’t forget that people don’t know you away from football,”
The german appears to take a dig at former employers Real Madrid who are renowned for their divided atmosphere at the club where players can be isolated from a larger group for a number of reasons.
“You can’t really see what a person is really like when they are on the pitch. Sometimes a player will come across as arrogant and another as being a nice guy when in reality it could be the other way round.
“At the club you always have to be respectful towards one another. It doesn’t matter if one player is a world star and the other is a newcomer. Everyone should be treated in the same way and that’s why I’m so happy at Arsenal, because that’s really the case here.
He also spoke of how a positive and respectful atmosphere could contribute to a more successful future,
“Everyone is treated the same way and has respect for one another. That’s a big help on the route to reaching your targets – when you’re like a family who make each other feel welcome and at home. That’s how it is here.”
Özil is expected to be rested tonight against Southampton as Arsene Wenger looks to rotate his squad with the North London derby this weekend in mind.