After Arsenal's monumental North London Derby win, defender, Hector Bellerin was full of praise for Mesut Ozil's scintillating performance, after the Gunners came out on top 2-0, after first half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez, cutting the gap between the two sides to one point.
After his side's win against rivals Tottenham, Bellerin told the Arsenal.com: "Mesut is someone who gets a lot of criticism, but the players who are around him are very happy to have him and play with him. He makes things easy for you."
Özil was subbed off before the end of the game, leaving the field to a rousing standing ovation after his mastery he had exuded on the pitch.
His performance was merited with the Man of the Match award, and when asked what inspired his performance, the German told the club website: "I just think about the team, myself and everything on the pitch".
The German playmaker was virtually unstoppable in his endeavours, being at the heart of all things positive for the Gunners.
The culmination of his performance came from his assist for Mustafi's opener, being his 45th assist in his Arsenal career. He was one of the standout players, posting more key passes than anyone else on the pitch.
So far this season, Ozil has been at the forefront of all things Arsenal related when it comes to criticism, but Bellerin came to the German's aid by batting anyway any criticisms after Saturday's win.
The Spaniard said, "People sometimes talk about his body language, but he gives everything for this shirt."
The bar has been set on not just the level that Ozil must continue to play at, but the level the whole team must continue to strive for if they are to work their way back into the top four.
Asked whether Arsenal can replicate their performance against Tottenham, Bellerin said: "That’s what we’re trying to do. Sometimes, for different reasons, we haven’t been able to do it, but this is how we set the bar and show what potential we have.
"That’s what we’ve got to work hard to do every single week, week in, week out".