Opinions may differ in regards of Mesut Ozil, his performance on the field and his mental toughness – at least, that’s the opinion of Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez, who started the controversy by saying Ozil 'couldn’t handle the pressure at Madrid'.
The rest of the football world may disagree.
Now in camp with the German international team Ozil talked about his time in London thus far, Arsene Wenger, winning Premier League and addressed criticisms and praises.
'I know what I’m capable of doing,' Ozil said. 'And the people who work with me and have worked with me know that as well. Such compliments make me happy, they flatter me. But I do not need them because I do not draw my confidence from the statements of others.'
Asked about his time in Madrid, Ozil said nothing new but now he is ready for the next challenge.
The 24-year-old stated that he enjoys London and Arsenal and that the German contingent at Holloway helps with that: 'I must admit that there is still a little hitch with my English, that’s definitely something I have to work on.
'For that reason alone it is important for me that at Arsenal so much German is spoken. Especially with Lukas [Podolski] and Per [Mertesacker] I have a very good relationship. We understand each other really well.'
After some more questions about his personal life the attacking midfielder was asked about the different styles of training at Arsenal FC and Real Madrid?
'There are differences but they are not serious. Our current training is already dosed by the English weeks. Arsene Wenger controls the load which he does pretty well.'
About being first in, according to Ozil, 'the toughest league of the world' and about having the goal to win the Premier League’s championship the Gunner from Germany’s Ruhr Valley insisted:
'Watch out! We are now ranked first. I’m happy about that. But we know that the season is still very long. To talk now about the championship is way too early. The current table is not more than a snapshot. We will continue to approach each game focused and try to get better as a team. If we do that, we have a great opportunity to achieve a lot. I will give everything I got for that.'
What do you think? Is Ozil right to keep expectations down in regards of winning the Premier League’s championship?
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