Playing against Man Utd is always special, says Arsenal star Mesut Özil

Arsenal star Mesut Özil

Mesut Özil has expressed his excitement at playing against Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend. United host the Arsenal at Old Trafford today, kick-off is at 16:00 (GMT).

The Gunners sit in third place with 70 points in 35 games. The North London based club are two points above Manchester United and have a game in hand.

Arsenal’s surprise defeat at the hands of Swansea earlier this week has given Louis van Gaal’s side a slim hope of automatic qualification for the Champions League group stages next season.

Speaking to, Özil said, “Playing against Man Utd in the Premier League is always special.

“We will look to put on a brave performance, as we did back in March in the FA Cup encounter.

“If we do that, we have all chances to secure a direct Champions League qualifying spot.”

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