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Published: 18:56 | 17/3/16

Ozil ready for title run-in fight


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says the players will "give everything on the pitch" in their bid to overturn Leicester's 11-point in the Premier League title race.

Arsenal currently trail leaders Leicester by 11 points, albeit with a game in hand, and went out of the FA Cup and the Champions League in the previous four days, but the German World Cup winner says the squad need to believe that they can overhaul Claudio Ranieri's side over the next nine matches.

"I know the teams playing us will fight to take the points against us, so the games will be tough," he told the Arsenal website.

"We have to fight on the pitch and we have to think from game to game, not that we can win eight games in a row and take the points.

"Now it’s not possible to win just our games [and that to be enough] so other teams need to lose points as well. The first step is to believe in us.

"We have to work harder than before. We have tough games coming but we have to take the points. If we win the title, we will be very happy because we believe in us.

"If you see the whole season, we’ve played very well. We’ve lost some points because we weren’t concentrated or we didn’t score. Now we have to fight for each game to take the points."

Arsenal traditionally begin to find form in the spring, taking 25 points from a possible 27 in the final nine matches of last season, but Ozil says last season's run means nothing in the context of this season.

"Last year we won those last games but we don’t care about that now," he added. "It’s important what happens now.

"We have to concentrate now and give everything on the pitch. We have to fight."

Wednesday's defeat to Barcelona was the Gunners fifth in eight games across all competitions, and defender Laurent Koscielny says a victory at Everton on Saturday will help restore the players morale.

"We need to get back to our basics, to help our team-mates more with defending and attacking," he told the club's website.

"Play simple, with controlled passes and movement. We didn't lose our capacity physically and our technique. It's just mental. We need to do more.

"When we get a win it will be better, and after that we can play with more confidence, with more movement and some players can try things that before they weren't doing.

"We need to get back to this, and when the results are back we will be stronger."

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