Mesut Ozil sends message to his critics ahead of Olympiacos v Arsenal
Mesut Ozil says he only pays attention to what Arsene Wenger has to say about his Arsenal performances
Mesut Ozil insists that he is paying no attention to his critics as he and his Arsenal team-mates prepare for their crunch Champions League clash with Olympiacos on Wednesday night.
The Gunners take on the Greek side in Athens knowing that they need to beat the home side by any scoreline other than 2-1 or 1-0 to book their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.
Everything is working really well. It’s not important what others think
Ozil has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season and notched up his 12th assist of the campaign in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday.
Despite his current run of good form, the Germany playmaker has come in for his fair share of criticism since arriving at the north London club from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
However, the World Cup winner insists that the only opinion he takes seriously is that of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Ozil told Arsenal’s website: “I’ve been playing for a long time, I’ve been in the game for a long time, ever since I was young.
“When I played well I was praised and if I didn’t I was criticised, but the main thing is what the manager thinks about me.
“Football is a day-to-day business. You can play really well in one game, and then not as well in the next. You just deal with it yourself.
“I don’t look at what the media says because I’m playing really well at the moment. Everything is working really well. It’s not important what others think.
“I never look at what people write about me. I just deal with my performances myself. My goal has always been to do my work and then when I am at home I don’t have to think about football.
“The best lesson in my life is from my parents. They’ve taught me to always be down to earth and always take people as they come, whether people criticise you or are nice to you.
“They taught me that and that’s how I try to lead my life.”