Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described the Gunners’ first-half performance against Napoli in the Champions League as “everything
Wenger reserved special praise for Ozil, who scored his first goal for the club after eight minutes and then teed up Giroud after 15. “First-half absolutely amazing, fantastic,” Wenger said of the Germany international’s display. “The collective, individual skill, final ball and finishing. It was everything that you dream to see when you sit in the stands watching football. It was very enjoyable.”
The manager added that Ozil’s performance mirrored that of the team – sublime in the first-half, more reserved in the second. “It was a fantastic first half,” Wenger said. “We played at a great pace with belief, authority, great finishing and movement. It was outstanding. Overall that’s the game we want to see.
“Certainly at home it’s one of the best halves we have played for a long time,” he continued, suggesting Arsenal’s first-half was as good as any since the club moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, or on par with the 2-1 win over Barcelona in 2011.
Wenger however downplayed Arsenal’s chances of winning the Champions League. “We got so much stick at the ¬beginning of the season that I am a bit cautious,” he said. “Belief is part of success in football. There is a long way to go. We have a good basis, we have spirit and belief. Let’s just focus on the next game and continue to enjoy playing together.”
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