By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil admits that he doesn’t give a second thought to the criticism he has received throughout the season.
The German received heavy criticism following his performance in the North London derby two weeks ago when Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by local rivals Tottenham.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was especially critical of the midfielder in his column in the Daily Mail.
Ozil responded with a much better performance in the 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s midweek Premier League match, the World Cup winner was adamant that he isn’t concerned about what people say outside of the club.
“For me what’s most important, as I’ve always said, is the manager’s opinion because when it comes from him you know it’s the truth, be it positive or be it negative,” he told Sky Sports.
“There’s some people that like me and some people that don’t, but I give no worth to those opinions, really.
He added: “They can have them, but I know what I can do. My stats show that I do give my all and I give my best.”
Looking at the German’s stats this season, he does seem to have a point as he has scored a total of 11 goals in all competitions – his best tally since moving to North London in 2013.
Perhaps surprisingly, one area where the German has struggled is assists as he’s only provided six in the Premier League this season compared to his incredible tally of 19 during the last campaign.
The German will hope to improve on these statistics as Arsenal travel to the St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton on Wednesday night as the Gunners continue in their bid to secure a place in the top four.
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