Mesut Ozil says he doesn’t pay any attention to critics of his playing style, in particular those who accuse him of being lazy and lacking fight.
The German spoke to former Arsenal Women player Alex Scott for Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, having put in a man of the match performance in our 3-1 win over Leicester on Monday night.
The 30 year old’s body language is often a stick with which to beat him, but he insists that people who focus on that are an irrelevance to him.
“I just laugh,” he said when asked about that kind of criticism. “I am not the youngest anymore but I started with 16 or 17 to play professional football. It always was like that – up and downs – the people either like me or doesn’t like me.
“I don’t listen to them. Of course, if I play bad I know that, if I play good I know that as well. The most important thing is that the coach can help me – if I make mistakes he can tell me, then we can speak and I can do it better in the next games.
“But if people just say bad things about me because they want to be in the newspaper – I know that and I don’t care about them.”
Ozil, an influential part of Germany’s World Cup winning side in 2014, also spoke about his ambitions to win more with Arsenal over the coming years.
“I always have motivation, particularly before the games – I want to win all the games and I hate to lose, even in training I am pissed and aggressive because I always want to win.
“I have said before the main thing is to achieve more than we have over the last few years and I think we have the potential to win something with the team. Hopefully at the end of the season we will win some trophies.”