Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has hit back at his critics claiming that he has nothing to prove and believes he is being singled out for poor performances.
The Germany international did manage to get back to somewhere near his best form against Aston Villa, scoring one and providing an assist for new signing Danny Welbeck.
The 25 year-old is quoted by Spanish paper Marca.
“I don’t play to prove anything to anybody, I play for Arsenal.
“I have the feeling that I am criticized more. That happened to me in the Bundesliga and also at Real Madrid.
“We’ve only just started the season, we have new players in key positions. The collective game, which is something I have a lot to do with, cannot then just work well from one day to the next.”
Many have questioned the German international’s influence since his arrival to England last summer with many high profile figures in the game feeling he has not lived up to his £42.5 million transfer fee.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had to defend the player after the former Real Madrid midfielder struggled against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
“Why should he be a scapegoat? For what? We’ve lost one game since 1 April. Let’s be realistic.
“We have come out of a very difficult preparation period with decisive games. We had very difficult games against Besiktas. I don’t know – a scapegoat for what?
“What is difficult to manage today is that everybody knows absolutely everything and everybody judges people definitely on one game. You have to accept that football is played by human beings who have ups and downs like you have in your life.
“You have plenty of tacticians in the world who have managed zero games. You have to accept their opinion – they might be right, they might be wrong as well. They have to accept that.
“We live in a world where everybody has an opinion and we have to live with that. At the end of the day, somebody always has to make a decision and that’s the guy who is responsible.”
Arsenal fans will hope for more accomplished performances out of the enigmatic German and if he can replicate his performance against Aston Villa on a more consistent basis it will silence the 25-year-old’s critics.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.
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