Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil: I don’t care what my critics think

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he isn't bothered about what his critics have to say

Mesut Ozil says he is not fazed by criticism aimed at the Arsenal playmaker, insisting that he is a team player.

The Germany international has been accused of a lack of work-rate and a failure to stamp his authority on the games since his club-record £4.5m move to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013.

I’m not really bothered what critics say. What’s important is what the manager and coaching staff think

Mesut Ozil

Ozil has been impressive form since his return from a knee injury earlier this year, scoring four goals and making four assists in 15 games in all competitions.

And the 26-year-old was in bullish mood as he brushed aside criticism of the playmaker ahead of their clash against Reading at FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

“If you look at my statistics, I am one of the players who covers the most distance,” Ozil is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.

“Also, if you look at the stats in terms of assists and creating chances, they are all pretty good. I know some people might want me to make X-number of passes – but people often miss what goes on off the ball.

“I’m not really bothered what critics say. What’s important is what the manager and coaching staff think. I am a team player, I just care about always giving 100 per cent for the team.”

Ozil has scored four goals and has made five assists in 16 Premier League games this season, as well as one goal in seven appearances in cup competitions.

The Arsenal midfielder has scored nine goals in 41 games for the north London side since his switch to The Emirates.

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