Mesut Özil has come in for a huge amount of criticism since switching the Bernabeu for the Emirates, but the German has hit back and asked to be judged on his statistics, as reported by The Telegraph.
The German playmaker inexplicably became a target for the press following his move to Arsenal, and was regularly singled out – regardless of his performances.
He has been in outstanding form in 2015 however, making it near impossible for anyone to find fault with his displays. The World Cup winner looks rejuvenated following his lengthy layoff with injury, and has been vital to our late season surge up the Premier League table.
Özil claims he is not phased by his critics, and prefers to just ignore them. He is happy with his performances this season, and believes his stats speak for themselves.
“If you look at my statistics, I am one of the players who covers the most distance. Also, if you look at the stats in terms of assists and creating chances, they are all pretty good,” Özil is quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
“I know some people might want me to make X-number of passes – but people often miss what goes on off the ball.
“I’m not really bothered what critics say. What’s important is what the manager and coaching staff think. I am a team player, I just care about always giving 100 per cent for the team.”
Hopefully he can keep his fine form up until the end of the season (and beyond) as we look to keep up the pressure on Chelsea and retain the FA Cup.
Perhaps next term, he’ll earn himself a spot on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist, like his teammate Alexis Sanches has for 2014/15.