As the Blues head to the Emirates to take on Arsenal, Jose Mourinho has been speaking on the match as well as Wenger’s record signing, Mesut Ozil; calling him a “phenomenal player.”
The Gunners who have made a wonderful start to the 2013/2014 league season have had some good spell of form since the signing of the German international midfielder. However, Arsene Wenger’s team has not been able to win the last 3 matches in all competitions including the last one which they lost to both Napoli and Man City.
Any result other than a win against the Blues will see the Gunners slip down to second place on the league table. The Blues’ boss while speaking to the club’s official website said that the Gunners will bounce back from those losses. He went ahead to pay some tributes to Ozil, who is expected to line up against his team in the London derby.
The manager spoke more on Ozil, and what his signing could bring to the Gunners that have failed to win a trophy in 9 seasons:
“He’s a phenomenal player, he’s one of these players that you buy and you complete the puzzle of your team. You don’t need time, you need nothing, he arrives and you have an empty space waiting for him, his quality, maturity and leadership. You know that automatically your team becomes better.
‘There are players that you buy that you realise you need to work with, adapt or find the best solution to get the best out of them, but Ozil needs nothing. He arrived, Arsene gave him the shirt, immediately he starts playing and immediately the team becomes better.
‘I think I know how to try to stop him being direct influence in the game for 90 minutes, but it’s impossible to stop him for 90 minutes because these kind of players always have a moment, or a couple of moments where you cannot stop them and they end up showing why they are so good,” Mourinho said.
He concluded the interview by reiterating that he remained the right man for the Chelsea job. I absolutely agree with Mourinho on this. Ozil has proved over time that he is unplayable. His signing has revitalized a hitherto poor Arsenal side and when we play them on Monday, we have got to be watchful of him. We should however ensure we do not put too much focus on the gunners’ record signing as they have other players such as Cazorla, Giroud and others that can wreck havoc.