Hector Bellerin says Arsenal are "blessed" to have a player with Mesut Ozil's "killer" touch after helping them to a 3-1 win over Leicester on Monday.
Ozil scored the equaliser and set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for another as Arsenal recovered from an early own goal from Bellerin, who also registered an assist, to get the better of the Foxes.
The attacking midfielder was the star of the show for Unai Emery's team after facing repeated criticism in the wake of the World Cup.
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And Bellerin says the Gunners have always been aware they have a "born champion" in their ranks.
"Mesut is a player that always keeps giving his best and is always surprising everyone and he’s a player that we’re very grateful and very lucky to have," the Spanish full-back told Arsenal's website .
"When the team play well with good football and he can find space he’s always a killer with his passes and finishes, so for us to have a player like him in the team is very important.
"It’s always a blessing to have players like that but the work comes from the whole team, and it comes from the back, from the goalkeeper to the striker. We’re all one and, when you have players with such quality, it’s always that little bit easier.
"Mesut is a player that has been through a lot in his career through loads of ups and downs, but most of all he’s a born champion and he’s a player who has so many records in the world of football, so he’s a player that is an example for everyone. Everyone wants to have the success that he’s had on and off the pitch, so for us to have someone like him as a captain is really important."
Bellerin was disappointed to help the visitors to the lead in the first half as Ben Chilwell's cross bounced off him and caught out goalkeeper Bernd Leno, but knew they would be able to bounce back.
"These things can happen in football," he said. "You can’t always win and it’s something that we were a bit unlucky with as well, but it’s all about lifting your head up. It’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about getting up after and with the help of my team-mates we could get the game going. We knew that chances were going to come, so it’s important that we scored them.
"For us, it’s always important to improve and keep things realistic. It’s a new season with a new manager and, of course, we’re almost in November already, so things are getting a bit easier in terms of tactically and we know the way that the coach wants to play.
"As you can see on the pitch we’re way more organised and the football flows a bit more, but as I’ve said, it’s only the start and there’s a lot of work we still need to do. Hopefully, the results are going to keep coming."