German responds to recent questions about his form.
Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil has dismissed recent criticism of his displays for the north London club, claiming that he was always going to suffer a dip in form at the Emirates, according to reports in the Daily Express.
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The highly rated Germany international joined the Gunners from La Liga giants Real Madrid on transfer deadline day last September in a deal worth a staggering £42.5m.
However, after a bright start to his career in the English top flight, the 25-year-old’s form has since fallen away badly, leading to criticism of his performances in the English press.
“Nearly every player who is new to Premier League needs time to settle in,” Ozil told German magazine Sport Bild.
“Here, you meet other challenges. It was clear that I would endure a difficult spell because I missed all of Arsenal’s preseason preparation.
“There was a time when I was not satisfied with my performances either, but I have come through this phase.
“I don’t concern myself too much with [the criticism].
“Three weeks ago they wrote totally different stories and, in three weeks’ time, they’ll write different stories once again. That’s part of the business in England.”