I 'think a tick faster than the opposition' says Arsenal star Mesut Ozil

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Mesut Özil has stated in an interview with Arsenal Player that he aims to have a surprise effect while on the field.

The Germany international stated that making unexpected passes outs his opponents under added pressure.

Özil went onto say that he thinks ahead to where his team mates could run before he has even made the pass.


“Sometimes I see passes and other players might be surprised and wonder how I saw it,” Özil told Arsenal Player.

“My aim is to have that surprise effect on the pitch and find gaps that only very few players can.

“When you have that surprise instinct on the pitch, it’s tough for the opposition to stop the passes.”

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Özil also stated that he makes the most out of every second – and millisecond – he has on the ball.

“It’s important to have that and it’s why I sometimes see spaces to pass into, because I’ve already thought about where my team-mates could run and how I can make the most of that millisecond, think a tick faster than the opposition and find the gap,” he added.

The 26-year-old playmaker provided six assists in 22 Premier League games this season for Arsenal. The World Cup winner missed a large potion of the season due to a knee injury he sustained during Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea back in October.

Özil was one of his sides star performers in 2015 winning two Vitality and one PFA Fans player of the month awards. The Arsenal star capped off the season with an FA cup trophy.

The Arsenal star is currently on his summer holiday after which he will return for pre-season training.