Photos: Mesut Ozil all smiles as Arsenal train ahead of Villa trip
Arsenal train ahead of their Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon
Mesut Ozil looks like he is not feeling under any pressure despite the recent criticism aimed the Arsenal playmaker’s way.
The 25-year-old has seen his recent form come into question following another ineffectual display in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
But the Germany international appeared in good spirits as he trained with his team-mates on Friday morning ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.
Manager Arsene Wenger was forced to defend Ozil’s recent form in his pre-match media briefing on Friday.
“Why should Özil be a scapegoat? We’ve lost one game since 1 April,” said Wenger.
“We had very difficult games against teams like Besiktas. Everybody judges players on one game but football is played with many ups and downs.”
Here are some of the best pictures from Friday’s training session at London Colney.