Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil: I don’t have anything to prove
Arsenal club-record signing Mesut Özil feels that he is criticised more but isn't deterred by his detractors
Mesut Ozil insists he doesn’t have a point to prove despite Arsenal midfielder silencing his critics at Villa Park on Saturday.
The 25-year-old World Cup winner scored his first Premier League goal of the season before teeing up Danny Welbeck as the Gunners eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.
It was the summer break and after a few games of the new season everything is called into question again
And Ozil feels that he is subjected to a lot of criticism, but the Arsenal club-record signing is confident of his own abilities and place in the Arsenal first-team.
“I don’t play to prove anything to anybody, I play for Arsenal,” Ozil is quoted as saying. “I have the feeling that I am criticised more, that happened to me in the Bundesliga and also at Real Madrid.
“We have only just started the season and we have new players in key positions. The collective game, which is something I have a lot to do with, cannot then just work well from one day to the next.
“Just 10 weeks ago I was elected to the team of the season in England (via an internet poll). I was a world champion then.
“It was the summer break and after a few games of the new season everything is called into question again. This is strange, but I know what I can offer.”