Mesut Ozil says he’s satisfied with the season he’s had so far, but admits he can play better. The German is more concerned that the team is performing overall, however, and believes that’s more important than any one individual shining.
Since his £42.5m arrival, Ozil has scored 5 goals and made 9 assists, yet there have still been grumblings from some fans about his contribution.
Leaving aside the fact it took players as good as Bergkamp, Henry and Pires some time to settle at the club and in English football, it seems extraordinarily churlish as we sit top of the Premier League.
But the former Real Madrid man is sure he can continue to play a key role in Arsenal’s season. In an interview with the Mirror, he said, “I know I can play better, I know what potential I have. But the most important thing is that everything works well at the moment with the team.
“I don’t really feel any pressure. I just have fun with it all, I enjoy what I’m doing, it’s my dream to be here and I’m just very very happy that I can be here.
“I really enjoy it, I appreciate being here and it’s great to be in this great team. I also think as a footballer it’s good to be here and give something back to the club and to the fans. I want to really make the most of my potential as a player and be there for the team.”
He also paid tribute to the Arsenal fans who have, for the most part, backed him to the hilt since joining.
“The fans they really push you. I was really accepted well here and as a team they expect us to do well, they push us a lot. That means a lot for us players, we have fans who are right behind us for 90 minutes it doesn’t matter whether we are winning or losing.
“That’s really important for the team and our goal for the team is to have a good performance and good results to say thank you to the fans. I’m really happy to be part of a team that has such great fans.”