Arsenal Mesut Ozil has aimed a subtle dig at previous boss Unai Emery as he said Mikel Arteta is “the right man” to lead the Gunners.
Ozil suggested Arsenal were not in control of games under Emery, and that the squad is much happier under new manager Arteta.
World Cup winner Ozil was linked with a move away from the Emirates after being frozen out by Emery, but the 31-year-old has enjoyed a new lease of life under Arteta.
Since the former Gunners skipper took charge last month, Ozil has appeared eight times in the Premier League – double the number of games he played this season before Emery was sacked as manager at the end of November.
And Ozil says Arteta is helping Arsenal recapture their old style.
“It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues,” said the former Germany international in quotes reported by The Sun .
“Fighting and having possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time.
“These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it — everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time — it has made us successful.
“I think he is the right man at this club.”
And Ozil said: “He can show us everything he has learnt in his long career. He knows exactly what we need.
“He knows what to say to us, how to give us a positive attitude and how to make us successful.
“I can see he is really hungry but at the same time he is also very down to earth.”