Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been under scrutiny since the second half of last season, but it seems that he is not too bothered about it.
Speaking to the Esquire magazine, the Germany international said: “I’ve been in this business so long now, I’ve been a professional since I was 16, 17.
“I don’t care what the press thinks about me as football changes from day to day. You can play well one day and badly the next. I’m used to it.”
The interview was conducted back in August and was published last week, but the fact stands that Ozil does not ‘care’ what is written about him in the press.
But should he?
On the face of it, Ozil should not. After all, the best judge of his performance is he himself. Then there is also Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is certainly in a better position to rate his star player’s performance better than the scribes.
However, the media often reflects the opinion of the fans, and it is clear that the Arsenal supporters want more from him.
Despite the ‘excuse’ that Ozil has been played out of position on the wide, many Gunners faithful are not happy with the 2014 World Cup winner’s commitment and effort.
Ozil enjoyed a great start to his Premier League career last season, but from the New Year onwards he started to struggle and his form dipped. This term the former Real Madrid star has been off-form right from the start.
The press may not hold much significance for Ozil, but he needs to step up for the fans.
As Jock Stein once again, “Football is nothing without fans.”