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Mesut Ozil on the Villa goal, Danny Welbeck and confidence


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says the goal against Aston Villa was a big confidence booster.

The 25-year-old was one of the best players in Arsene Wenger's side as he opened the scoring and assisted Danny Welbeck for the second minutes later.

"I think when you assess [Welbeck's] pass, it was really well timed," Ozil told Arsenal Player.

"He saw me and played me through to finish. I didn't have to do that much because I was one-on-one against the goalkeeper and made sure that I stayed ice-cold in front of goal - that was that.

"When you analyse [Welbeck's] game, you notice that he makes a lot of runs and knows where he needs to be.

"We're pleased to have a striker like him here. He makes the game simpler for us through his runs and speed.

"[On Saturday] he proved again that he is very dangerous in front of goal and personally, I'm happy for him because in recent games, he missed a few chances.

"Things worked really well for him on Saturday and that's why I'm pleased for him."

The Germany international was below-par in Arsenal's first games of the season but says the fans never turned their back on him.

"When you know that your own fans are behind you, that gives you self-belief and encouragement.

"I'm generally very satisfied. I think when you assess after the game and see that you have scored and made a goal, you're relieved and very pleased.

"I'd like to praise the whole team again, who really supported me, and especially the fans who were very loud.

"I want to thank the fans, who were really behind me and support the whole team so well.

"We knew exactly what strengths we would have. We analysed Aston Villa before the game and knew how they would play.

"Especially in the first half, we created some very clear opportunities. We didn't waste our chances - we took them and that made the game easier for us.

"We played a bit differently, in our more usual system. I think that we were a bit better, a bit more organised and in the end that led to our success.

"When you look at the game, we dominated it and put them under pressure from the start.

"We scored important goals in the first half and that made it a bit easier for us. So congratulations to the team for delivering a perfect performance today."

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