Ozil answers Arsenal critics: I have nothing to prove

The German’s performances for the Gunners have come under scrutiny, but he says his World Cup win is proof of his quality

Mesut Ozil has insisted he does not need to “prove anything to anybody” following criticism of his performances for Arsenal.

The club-record €53 million signing came under scrutiny during his first season before being criticised for his performance during the club’s 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

However, Ozil impressed in a central role against Aston Villa on Saturday – scoring the opener before creating Danny Welbeck’s second in a 3-0 win – and insists he is used to negative reviews during his career.

“I don’t play to prove anything to anybody, I play for Arsenal,” Ozil told DPA. “I have the feeling that I am criticised more, 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, cannot then just work well from one day to the next.”

Ozil has also questioned the timing of negative critiques of his work, highlighting his role in Germany’s World Cup win and selection in a team of the year poll on the Premier League website.

Ozil added: “[Just] 10 weeks ago I was elected to the team of the season in England.

“I was world champion then. It was the summer break and after a few games everything is called into question again. This is strange, but I know what I can offer.”

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