The German international has been criticised in recent weeks for his poor performances, but the midfielder was very impressive against Aston Villa last weekend when he was played in his favoured central role.
The 25 year old believes that he has nothing to prove to anybody despite the constant criticism of his character and performances.
According to the Mirror, he said:
I don’t play to prove anything to anybody, I play for Arsenal.
I have the feeling that I am criticised more, that happened to me in the Bundesliga and also at Real Madrid.
We have only just started the season (at Arsenal), we have new players in key positions.
The collective game, which is something I have a lot to do with, cannot then just work well from one day to the next.
The best way to silence his critics is by putting in better performances on the pitch and Ozil responded brilliantly against Aston Villa, as he scored one and assisted another in a 3-0 win. He demanded possession, found space at will and threaded those gorgeous little passes into dangerous areas at will.
His class has never been in doubt and it’s merely a case of Arsene Wenger playing him in the best position for him to showcase those qualities, not to mention Aaron Ramsey dropping deeper to create more space further forward. For the majority of the campaign, Wenger has decided to play the German in a left-sided berth, a position that suits neither his stylistic nor physical attributes. Against Villa, Ozil was back in his preferred No. 10 role and it’s absolutely no surprise that he dazzled.
If Wenger wants to get the best out of his £42 million man, the Arsenal boss must give him a run continually in his favoured position. If he can put in a similar display in the coming months then it will surely render any talk about his class, as ridiculous as that may sound.
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