Cape Town – Hector Bellerin says Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil is a ‘born champion’ and the Gunners are fortunate to have someone of his calibre at the club.
Ozil showed his quality on Monday night as Unai Emery’s charges beat Leicester City 3-1 at Emirates Stadium.
The German equalised on the stroke of half-time, after a Bellerin own-goal gave the visitors the lead, and made significant contributions to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s two goals to help the hosts to victory.
“Mesut is a player that always keeps giving his best and is always surprising everyone and he’s a player that we’re very grateful and very lucky to have,” said Bellerin.
“When the team play well with good football and he can find space he’s always a killer with his passes and finishes, so for us to have a player like him in the team is very important.”
Asked whether he is sometimes in awe of Ozil’s play, he replied: “It is like that! It’s like that in training and it’s like that game by game.
“It’s always a blessing to have players like that but the work comes from the whole team and it comes from the back from the goalkeeper to the striker. We’re all one and when you have players with such quality it’s always that little bit easier.
“Mesut is a player that has been through a lot in his career through loads of ups and downs, but most of all he’s a born champion and he’s a player who has so many records in the world of football, so he’s a player that is an example for everyone.
“Everyone wants to have the success that he’s had on and off the pitch, so for us to have someone like him as a captain is really important.”