Arsenal star Mesut Özil insists that despite how it might sometimes look to onlookers, he’s fantastically motivated to win all the time, even in training.
In general, the impression you get from the pictures of Arsenal’s training sessions is that there’s a good positive atmosphere in the camp.
There are lots of posts from the Gunners’ Twitter account of players laughing and joking around, even if they are all clearly working hard at the same time.
However, Özil insists that underneath all that, things are actually very competitive. The playmaker says that whether it’s in training or out on the pitch, he always wants to win, and he can get emotional when he doesn’t.
“I always have motivation, particularly before the games,” he said. “I want to win all the games and I hate to lose, even in training I am p****d and aggressive because I always want to win.
“I am a very calm person, sometimes on the pitch, I get very emotional if I make mistakes or give the ball away because I want to make everything perfect. The coach wants me to give everything on the pitch – which is what I do but I still work hard to reach my aims.”