Tuesday October 1 2013
Wenger: 'Arsenal were outstanding'

Arsene Wenger praised Arsenal for an “outstanding game” and particularly the “fantastic” Mesut Ozil after beating Napoli 2-0.

This was the 10th straight win in all competition for the Gunners, but also their best performance of the season.

“I think it was the most impressive, especially in the first half. We played with a good pace, technically very direct and finished with great goals. Overall the first half was outstanding,” Wenger told Sky Sports UK.

“The second half we played with more maturity, less drive going forward, a bit more cautious, but overall it was an outstanding game.

“Ozil’s first half was absolutely amazing. Fantastic. Collective skill, individual skill, finishing, everything you dream of seeing from the stands.

“The team played not to make a mistake and were a bit more cautious after the break. Overall it’s understandable.

“We were solid and overall it was positive, because I wanted Mathieu Flamini to stop Marek Hamsik on the counter-attack and he did that work very well.”

Arsenal are now top of Group F with six points, followed by Borussia Dortmund and Napoli on three.

“We could not have started better. The next two will be deciders, so that’s why we want to come back after an international break and have a great game like that against Dortmund.”