Mesut Ozil says he’s aiming to add goals and assists to his World Cup performances after a two understated showings against Portugal and Ghana.
The 25-year-old midfielder came in for criticism from German fans for perceived poor form in the build-up to the tournament but has started both games so far as Joachim Loew’s eased into the knockout stages with a game to spare.
Speaking to homeland press ahead of his country’s final group game against the USA, Ozil remarked that he’s looking to kick on in Brazil.
“I know myself that I can still play much better,” he said on Wednesday. “I’m happy with my performance, maybe I’m just missing the goals and assists.
“I know what I can do and I will show some big performances in the upcoming games.”
In other news, the departed Bacary Sagna has hit out at suggestions he moved to Manchester City for financial reasons claiming that a ‘new challenge’ was a driving factor.
“I’m going to clear everything up because I keep reading that I did it for money and I’m greedy. What I want to say is I stayed with Arsenal with the same contract since 2008 and I never asked for more money.
“For people who think it’s for money, it’s not. I just wanted to change. I needed a boost in my career and I think it was about time.
“It was not an easy time because we were still involved in the FA Cup and it was hard to stay focused,” he added of his negotiations with Arsene Wenger.
“I stayed focused on my team because I have a lot of respect for Arsenal. I believe Arsenal is a great team. I believe we have great quality and we won a trophy finally. It’s not even about that because Arsenal have a quality.
“It’s just that, personally, I wanted a boost. I needed to start from the bottom again. It is an exciting time for my career because I’m 31.
“I know they have a very good right-back in Zabaleta and I will have to fight to find some time on the pitch but I think we have a good team with City and we can do great.”
Fair fucks. To be honest now that he’s gone, we don’t really give a fish’s tit what his reasons were. He’s left. Time to move on.