Arsenal play-maker Mesut Ozil has been speaking about the criticism he has received since his club-record move to North London.
In an interview with the Gunners’ official website, the German international said, “You can’t forget that people don’t know you away from football.”
Ozil has come in for his fair share of criticism after a dip in form followed his £42.4million move from Real Madrid in 2013.
The 25-year-old has made 46 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side to date, scoring eight goals and providing 15 assists in that time, but despite suggestions he is unhappy in London, Ozil has moved to quash those suggestions.
“Everyone should be treated in the same way and that’s why I’m so happy at Arsenal, because that really is the case here,” he said.
“Everyone is treated the same way and has respect for one another. That’s a big help on the route to reaching your targets – when you’re like a family who make each other feel welcome and at home. That is how it is here.”
It sounds as though Ozil is well and truly settled at the club now, and after shining in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend, perhaps he is about to do the business consistently on the field once more.
If that proves to be the case, there is no telling how well Arsenal could do this season and beyond.