Mesut Ozil: Why I’m so happy to be an Arsenal player
Mesut Özil feels completely at home at Arsenal and says the north London club is "like a family"
Mesut Ozil has described Arsenal as “like a family” and insists he has not been affected by the recent criticism aimed his way.
The 25-year-old playmaker went some way towards silencing his critics with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Aston Villa.
Everyone should be treated in the same way and that’s why I’m so happy at Arsenal
Ozil’s recent form has been questioned by both the media and fans but the World Cup winner says that he feels completely at home in north London.
“You can’t forget that people don’t know you away from football,” Ozil told Arsenal.com.
“You can’t really see what a person is really like when they are on the pitch. Sometimes a player will come across as arrogant and another as being a nice guy when in reality it could be the other way round.
“At the club you always have to be respectful towards one another. It doesn’t matter if one player is a world star and the other is a newcomer.
“Everyone should be treated in the same way and that’s why I’m so happy at Arsenal, because that’s really the case here.
“Everyone is treated the same way and has respect for one another. That’s a big help on the route to reaching your targets – when you’re like a family who make each other feel welcome and at home. That’s how it is here.”