The Gunners have come in for plenty of stick in the early stages of this season, with inconsistent form both in the league and in Europe hampering their goals of progressing on all fronts.
The recent defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League has piled more pressure on boss Arsene Wenger ahead of United’s visit, and many pundits and onlookers alike now feel that this has become a must-win game for the hosts.
Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the match, Ozil said that he recognises what is at stake and has called upon his side to prove the doubters wrong.
“The anticipation and the expectation is obviously big," he explained. "We just want to prove ourselves and get the three points.
"When you prove yourself against big teams, your self-belief increases because you believe in yourself more.
“If you look at our team, in the last few weeks we’ve been weakened by red cards. But if we can prevent that, I’m convinced that we can do well against big teams. We’ll show that against Manchester United.”
What’s at stake?
Aside from this being the very definition of a key title clash, winning will be more than just three points for Arsenal but it will be a big psychological boost considering recent events.
The Gunners have often been questioned for their big-game mentality, with current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville doubting their ability to prepare for those defining matches in his blog for Sky Sports.
But victory over United would silence a few critics and move Arsenal level on points with Louis van Gaal’s men. Defeat, however, would be damaging to say the least.