Gunners playmaker on the defensive after recent criticism.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has hit out at his recent critics by stating that he doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The German international has pointed out that he is a World Champion after his national side’s success in the World Cup this summer, as well as being named in the Premier League team of the season for last year.
Ozil added that he has had to be patient as he and his team-mates get used to a number of changes in the Arsenal first-team, with a number of new signings making their way into the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The 25-year-old also says he is used to dealing with criticism as he has often been the subject of much media and fan scrutiny during his time at his previous club Real Madrid, as well as in his time in the Bundesliga.
“I don’t play to prove anything to anybody, I play for Arsenal,” he said. “I have the feeling that I am criticised more (than other players). That happened to me in the Bundesliga and also at Real Madrid.
“We have only just started the season (at Arsenal), we have new players in key positions. The collective game, which is something I have a lot to do with, can’t then just work well from one day to the next.
“(Just) 10 weeks ago I was named in the English team of the season .
“I was world champion then. It was the summer break and after a few games (of the new season) everything is called into question again. This is strange, but I know what I can offer.”
Ozil enjoyed a superb return to form this weekend, scoring the opening goal and setting up the second for Danny Welbeck in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
It was his first game back in a central role after starting this season in an unfamiliar position out wide.