Mesut Özil is not only a world class playmaker, but he’s a humble, kind, and all round bloody nice guy. In a recent interview, the German international stressed that he was all about the team rather than individual glory, and that he is happy as long as his role contributes to the team’s success, as reported by the Express.
He attributes his recent fine form largely to the team cohesion, although insists that he’s learning to be a little more selfish in front of goal.
“I am an absolute team player. I don’t need goals for my ego,” he told Sport 1 (via the Express).
“Whoever is positioned best in front of the goal should shoot. But I understand that I need to try to score myself from time to time. I do that now.
“On top of it all, that I have my position as the No 10 in midfield now. And you should also not forget that we’ve got a super team, and get along really well.
“We all know how the others play, and you also predict the running path of a teammate in a situation.”
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And after discussing how the team were looking to improve on the cup success we’ve had recently, he also dropped an absolutely fantastic quote on us, insisting that he wanted Arsenal to win titles with Mesut Özil, not because of Mesut Özil. What a guy!
“Not because of Mesut Özil, but with Mesut Özil,” he continued.
“We’ve twice won the FA Cup, and won the Charity Shield this summer too. We definitely want to improve that. Should we continue like that, and become just a tiny bit more consistent, it can work out. But the others don’t sleep.”
He’s become a real fan favourite at the club, despite splitting opinion initially. He rather unfairly gets criticised for being lazy and looking uninterested, which is simply down to his relaxed style of play. The Arsenal No.11 actually puts a huge amount of effort in every game, which you can see by the amount of ground he covers and his touch map in each and every match.
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We are incredibly lucky to have Özil on our books, and hopefully his wish comes true, and we win many titles “with Mesut Özil”.