Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has insisted that he has full faith in manager Arsene Wenger.
Speaking to the Esquire magazine, the Germany international said: “He knows what he wants and I know he can bring me a step forward; he trusts me in that way and I trust him, completely. I’m proud to be part of this team.”
Most players would publicly back their manager even when privately they don’t, but Ozil’s words have special meaning and come at a time when Wenger is unpopular among many Arsenal supporters.
Former Real Madrid star Ozil made the comments in an interview which was conducted back in August (and was published last week) when Arsenal were looking forward to a successful 2014-15 campaign.
Things have changed for both the player and the club since then. While the German is currently out injured, Arsenal are outside the top four in the Premier League and uncertain of making it through to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Ozil was in disappointing form before his knee injury in early October and was often played out wide instead behind the striker in a more central role.
However, it is clear that Ozil always had faith in Wenger and in the Frenchman’s ability to get the best out of him. Perhaps that is why he did not moan about being deployed out of position more often than not.
Ousted from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 following the signing of Isco, the playmaker found in Wenger a manager who trusts him and believes in his ability.
Things have been rocky for Ozil, Wenger and Arsenal this season, but once the star recovers from his injury, he will be determined to repay the faith that his manager has in him.