Former Liverpool defender and now ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has responded to questions regarding the future of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The German international has been linked with a January move to Bayern Munich in recent days following speculation over his happiness in North London.
The Gunners stunned the footballing world when they signed Ozil from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a reported club-record £42.5 million fee.
The 25-year-old arrived with a fabulous reputation as an exciting playmaker who provided a huge number of assists during his time in the Spanish capital.
Despite a promising start to life at the Emirates Stadium, the 2014 World Cup winner’s performances took a decline during the winter of last season and injuries have since prevented him rediscovering his best form.
Ozil has endured a large amount of criticism throughout 2014 and the pressure on his shoulders to perform has reached such high levels it has become damaging.
Despite the temptations of possibly wanting to force an Arsenal exit, former Liverpool great Steve Nicol believes if the German star has anything about him, he will want to prove everybody wrong.
“I think if Ozil has anything about him, he will want to shut a few people up. Before he goes back to Germany which ultimately I think he will do, I think he will want to do better for a longer period.”
Since joining Arsene Wenger’s side, Ozil has competed in 42 Premier League and Champions League games, scoring seven goals and providing 13 assists in the process.