Mesut Ozil says he pays no real attention to the criticism that has been cast his way in recent weeks.
While acknowledging his form hasn’t been as good as he would like, the German international says that’s a natural consequence of settling into a new country and a new league.
He also suggests the English press will find something else to write about in a few weeks time when he stops being ‘flavour’ of the Fleet Street month.
“Nearly every player who is new to Premier League needs time to settle in,” he said to Bild.
“Here, you meet other challenges. It was clear that I would endure a difficult spell because I missed all of Arsenal’s pre-season preparation.
“There was a time when I was not satisfied with my performances either, but I have come through this phase. I don’t concern myself too much with the criticism.
“Three weeks ago they wrote totally different stories and, in three weeks’ time, they’ll write different stories once again. That’s part of the business in England.”
Indeed, a quick glance at today’s Mirror suggests he’s bang on the money. An article by Darren Lewis proclaims that Joachim Low has told Arsenal’s record signing that he’s in danger of missing the World Cup.
In reality, however, Low said no such thing and didn’t mention anyone by name. But Ozil headlines make hits these days.
The former Real Madrid man is expected to return to the starting line-up for this weekend’s FA Cup clash against Everton.