Ozil: Every team should be scared of Arsenal

The midfielder believes the Gunners’ style makes others fear them while he insists Lukas Podolski would be welcomed back into the team following his loan spell at Inter

Mesut Ozil believes every team should be scared of Arsenal, but has warned his side to be cautious against an underdog like Aston Villa in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The Germany international has played a key role in the Gunners’ improvement in the second half of the season following an injury-hit start to the campaign.

And though he recognises Villa will prove a tough test as Arsene Wenger’s side look to retain the trophy, he feels Arsenal’s style of play is enough to strike fear into any opposition team.

“People consider us favourites, but that does not mean you can be too sure,” he told SID.

“Sometimes it is even harder against so-called underdogs. You have to make the plays and they never give up, even when they’re 3-0 down.

“But I also know, that every opponent should be scared of us, because we play good football.

“It will be a tough match. One thing is for sure – we’re FA Cup champions and we want to stay as that.”

Ozil’s struggles with fitness at the start of the season were partly blamed on a lack of pre-season preparation following his World Cup-winning exploits with Germany over the summer.

But the 26-year-old has insisted his love of being out on the pitch means he does not need a prolonged break this year to recover his best form.

“My body benefits from a long rest, but to be honest, I don’t need it,” he said.

“I have been a professional for some years now and I have had a tournaments almost every summer with the Under-18s, Under-21s and the national team.

“I enjoy a few days off, but after one or two weeks the lust for football returns.“

Ozil also admitted he would be happy to see international team-mate Lukas Podolski return to north London this summer.

The forward has spent the second half of the season on loan at Inter, but will not be signed on a permanent deal after struggling under Roberto Mancini.

And Ozil believes he would be welcomed back to the dressing room, saying: “The whole team and myself would be happy. He has many friends in the team. He’s a real joker.“

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