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Mesut Ozil: We know exactly how to beat Liverpool

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Mesut Ozil claims Arsenal 'know' how to beat Liverpool ahead of their Premier League encounter on Monday night.

The Gunners were on top form when they took apart Brendan Rodgers' side in April, with the German playmaker on the scoresheet in an emphatic 4-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

And whilst plenty has changed on Merseyside since that defeat, Ozil is in no doubt that Arsene Wenger's men have all the tools to inflict more misery on the Reds when they meet again.

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“We’re at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool. That’s what we want to do on Monday,” he told the official Arsenal website.

Ozil's strike against Liverpool was a fine free-kick past Simon Mignolet, and the memory remains a happy one for the former Real Madrid man on both a personal and collective level.

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Wenger's side were enjoying a purple patch of form at the time last season, and the 26-year-old admits it was a nice feeling to know that everything was coming together in north London at the time.

He also noted that practice makes perfect, revealing that he'd attempted the free-kick on a number of occasions in the warm-up before executing perfectly when it mattered.

“During the warm-up I kept focusing on that corner and took five shots after the other,” he added.

“The practice went well and that’s why I thought during the game that it had gone well in the warm-up so I would surprise the goalkeeper. That’s how I scored the goal, and I was really pleased with it.

“It was a nice feeling. When you assist goals or score them yourself, it does you good but what’s most important is that we have success as a team and that was the case against Liverpool last season.

“We were really convincing, the whole team was very focused and played really well. I remember that we delivered a really convincing display.

"In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time.”

After their clash with Liverpool, the Gunners end the month of August with a trip to Newcastle. Wenger will be hoping for six more points, having lost their opener against West Ham but bounced back with victory over Crystal Palace.

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