By Matt Bullin
Arsenal and Germany midfield maestro Mesut Ozil has fought back against the critics that have taken him to task for his performances this season, and backed manager Arsene Wenger.
Stan Collymore has been a constant critic of the Arsenal star this season, and took his latest dig after the 2-2 draw with Man City in the Premier League.
Now, Ozil has been quoted in a tell-all interview in the Daily Mail saying: “I hear a lot [of criticism], but I don’t give any worth to it.
“What the manager says is what’s important to me. What experts say doesn’t interest me and never will.
“I know what I can do. I’ve not been playing at the top level for nothing. I’ve been successful.”
Ozil looked like he was getting back to his best against West Ham as he scored the Gunners’ first and then set up Walcott’s goal.
Olivier Giroud completed Arsenal’s rout of the Hammers.
The win jumped them up to fifth place in the Premier League, though after Manchester City’s 3-1 over Hull City yesterday, they are now seven points adrift of them and fourth place.
Ozil has won the FA Cup twice with Arsenal, and is a World Cup winner with Germany, who he has played for 84 times, scoring 21 goals.
But he has also won La Liga and La Copa del Rey with Real Madrid and the German cup while at Werder Bremen.
He’s delivered a decent return for Arsenal this season, with 10 goals and 11 assists in his 33 league and cup appearances.
In other Arsenal news, Arsenal fan Piers Morgan gave his verdict on Tottenham’s win over Watford on Twitter.