Arsenal star Mesut Özil has revealed that he believes English clubs will do well in Europe this season and that Premier League sides poor form in the competition is mainly down to bad luck.
Özil was of course speaking before the latest round of Champions League games which saw Arsenal lose 3-2 against Olympiakos at home and Chelsea succumb to a 2-1 defeat to Porto.
“In the Champions League, especially in the knockout rounds, sometimes one goal or the away goals ruling can decide ties, like with us against Monaco, where that was the case,” Özil told the official Arsenal website.
“We had some bad luck and as a team you need more fortune. I think it will be different this year – the English sides are well equipped and will go far.”
Arsenal are currently last in Group F after defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos. The Croatian and Greek giants are on three points each while Bayern Munich is in first place with six points.
The Gunners will take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in their next two Champions League games but take on Premier League giants Manchester United first on the weekend.
Fellow English sides United and Manchester City feature in the Champions League today. The competitions sole Turkish representative Galatasaray take on Astana in Kazakhstan next.