Mesut Ozil: Why I want to reward Arsenal fans

The Arsenal playmaker is determined to help the Gunners win silverware

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Mesut Ozil has outlined his desire to repay the Arsenal fans with their support with a trophy at the end of the season.

The Gunners star has taken on more responsibility in the current campaign after Unai Emery took over the reins from Arsene Wenger in the summer.

Ozil has been given the captain’s armband in the absence of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech, and he produced a masterful performance in a 3-1 win over Leicester City last month.

The World Cup winner has retired from international football to give the German playmaker the freedom to focus his efforts on winning more silverware at Arsenal.

The Arsenal number 10 has got his hands on three FA Cup crowns since his £42.5m move to the Gunners from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.

However, Ozil and his Arsenal team-mates have failed to get the Gunners any closer to an elusive Premier League title, culminating in Arsene Wenger’s dismissal.

The north London side were showing signs of regression under Wenger to prompt Arsenal to appoint Spanish manager Emery as his replacement.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website about his desire to reward the club’s fans for their support with more silverware, Ozil said:

“When I first arrived here I was very excited and a little bit nervous as well. It was always a new chapter and at the end of the day I was very happy to play for such a big club like Arsenal and meet all my team-mates,” Ozil said.

“When I first arrived at the training ground, outside there were so many people. They were waiting for me. It was very special and it was a very good moment for me. The feeling was amazing, even the first game at the Emirates was so special for me. All the fans supported me until now and I’m really grateful and appreciative of that.

“I just heard that the club hadn’t won this trophy [the Emirates FA Cup] for many years so it was very special for me and for my team because it was our first title. It was important to continue this work and as a player you work for titles.

“If you win at the end of the season, you’re happy because you really have worked for that and you want to reach your goals. At the end of the day we were happy with the team. It was special, not just for us, but for the fans as well.

“We keep trying to win trophies to make us and the fans happy.”

Ozil signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal in February to make him the club’s best paid player in their history.

The Gunners are looking to improve upon last season’s sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.

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