Mesut Ozil: We have to win - no matter how

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With Arsenal hosting Besiktas in the second leg of the Champions League play-off at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, Mesut Ozil is ready to make a difference for his side.

Arsenal have made it to the group stages of the Champions League for 16 consecutive seasons and Mesut Ozil is ready to make it a 17th with a win at home to Besiktas on Wednesday night.

The Gunners had previously been on a 13-match winning streak in Champions League play-off qualifying matches until drawing 0-0 with the Turkish outfit in last Tuesday’s first-leg, leaving them in a dangerous position going into their imminent matchup.

With qualification a must for a club of their stature, Arsene Wenger’s side will need Ozil to be at his best in order to thwart their opposition, having been lacking a clear creative spark during the stalemate in Istanbul.

Following an extended break after Germany’s World Cup success, the 25-year-old looked somewhat off the pace in his season debut against Everton on the weekend, with his performance in the 2-2 draw coming in for criticism from some sections of the club’s fans.

  TeamPosGoal AssistTotal Att AssistTotal PassPass AccFinal Third EntriesTouchesPoss Lost AllAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 0 2 65 86.15% 7 76 15 1 90

Nevertheless, few doubt Ozil possesses game-changing qualities, having flashed them at times during his first season in England, and a starring performance against Besiktas would no doubt reassure supporters that his second campaign at the Emirates is going to be a more prosperous one.

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