Champions League

Champions League: Arsene Wenger full of praise for Ozil and Arsenal in victory over Napoli

Arsene Wenger described Mesut Ozil's first half performance in Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Napoli as 'absolutely amazing'.

Arsene Wenger: Saw Arsenal claim a 10th straight success

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal - and Mesut Ozil in particular - put in an 'outstanding' display as they overcame Napoli 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League.

The Gunners have been in fine form of late, collecting a 10th straight success in midweek, but knew they were coming up against a side that has made an unbeaten start to their Serie A campaign.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Sky Sports subscribers can watch all the goals from Tuesday's UEFA Champions League games including Arsenal's win over Napoli and Chelsea's 4-0 victory in Romania.

Bursting out of the blocks was essential, and Arsenal netted twice inside an almost faultless opening 15 minutes through Ozil and Olivier Giroud to take the game away from Napoli.

Wenger admitted afterwards that he could not have asked for any more from a side brimming with confidence at this moment in time.

"Overall the first half was outstanding. Second half, we played more with more maturity, less drive going forward and a bit more caution. But overall it was an outstanding game."

Arsene Wenger

Pressed on whether the Gunners' display had been their best of the season so far, the French coach told Sky Sports: "I think so, especially in the first half. I felt that we played at a good pace technically, were direct and finished with great goals.

"Overall the first half was outstanding. Second half, we played more with more maturity, less drive going forward and a bit more caution. But overall it was an outstanding game."

Wenger was also quick to pile praise on German playmaker Ozil, who netted his first goal since completing a big-money move from Real Madrid and laid on Arsenal's second.

He added: "First half, absolutely amazing, fantastic. Everything was in there - collective skill, individual skill, finishing, all that you dream to see.

"When it takes too long to score it is always on your mind a little bit, so he got rid of that.

Mesut Ozil scores his first goal for Arsenal as they go 1-0 up against Napoli in the Champions League.

"I loved him when he was at Madrid, I thought he was great there. We are lucky to have got him.

"He enjoys playing football and enjoys playing with his team-mates - he's integrated very quickly."

Arsenal now boast the only 100 per cent record in Group F, but Wenger admits they cannot afford to rest on their laurels as they prepare for a double-header against last season's beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund.

Asked for his assessment of the European campaign so far, he said: "Very good, we cannot start better.

"Of course the next two will be deciders and that's why we want to come back after the international break and have another game like that against Dortmund."