Ferdinand: That’s the first time I’ve seen Ozil smile in 18 months after Utd win

Rio Ferdinand hailed Mesut Ozil’s showing in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory against Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

According to Ferdinand, Ozil appears a much happier figure under the new manager – who had shared a dressing room with the ex-Real Madrid star for three years.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said: ‘Look at that from Ozil, I think that is the first time I’ve seen him smile in 18 months, and that’s because he must be enjoying training.’

Ferdinand also stressed that the hosts had outmatched their opponents in every department, and reserved particular praise for Arsenal’s shape.

He added: ‘Arsenal showed a discipline we have not seen on a consistent basis and there is a structure which allows players to be confident. They were quicker and they were stronger.’