Mesut Ozil admits he’s had ups and downs in his first season at the Emirates but is taking heart from the fact Arsenal can end the season with a first piece of silverware since 2005.
A lynchpin of the Gunners’ title charge until February, the German international was heavily criticised for a drop in form after Christmas before a hamstring injury kept him sidelined for five weeks.
Speaking to homeland publication Bild, the 25-year-old maintained he had nothing to be ashamed, perhaps well aware that he’s notched up an impressive nine assists and five goals in the Premier League:
“I had ups and downs, but I’m satisfied. Arsenal has not won a title in ten years [it's actually nine Mesut] and next Saturday we can bring home the FA Cup. It would be for me the third cup victory in a third country.”
He also spoke of the pressure he’s endured from certain quarters of the British media, including those who claim he’s been ‘nicking a living’ since signing from Real Madrid.
“No [the criticism doesn't hurt me], it’s just something that flares up. I have to deal with it. In [the Champions League game in] Munich I was injured after three minutes, but I wanted to continue playing. I’m happy with my first season.”
Elsewhere, Jens Lehmann says he could start coaching as soon as next season. While the ‘Invincible’ hasn’t mentioned Arsenal as a specific target, the madcap former keeper has hinted that a career in England is a possibility.
“It may very well be that after the summer I’m closer to football,” he told Bild. “It’ll probably be with a club and it doesn’t have to be Germany, England may also be a possibility, but as a coach.
“In Germany, people see me more as a sports director. I’ll make a decision in the next six to eight weeks.”
One final piece from Germany’s answer to The Sun…a spurious rumour claiming Arsene Wenger could try and sign Thomas Muller from Bayern Munich. Apparently Manchester United and Liverpool are also interested. We suspect this is utter bollocks; history suggests it’s just an agent playing silly buggers in the hope of securing his client a bigger pay day.