Start Supporting, Stop Talking – Mesut Ozil Tells Critics
Mesut Ozil has slammed Arsenal’s critics this season, challenging them to get behind the team and manager Arsene Wenger during this rocky patch.
Arsenal hit crisis mode one week after the start of the campaign, falling meekly to Stoke City before imploding at Liverpool, with critics and former stars slamming the side for a lack of ambition.
Despite finishing out of the top four last campaign, Arsene Wenger’s men only made two new signings in the summer, with star striker Alexis Sanchez repeatedly linked with a move away from the Emirates.
And Ozil, whose contribution to the cause has come under fierce criticism, has called on former stars and the fans for more support, insisting the situation in north London is greatly exaggerated, Goal writes.
The playmaker made the cry in a series of Instagram posts after helping Germany beat Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier.
“During the last couple of days, my [Germany] team-mates have been asking me about how everything is at Arsenal at the moment.
“They claimed to have read about the current crisis throughout the media, as pundits and former players are commenting on a daily basis. They say that this could be the worst team in years, even decades.
“Four years ago I was transferred in a last-minute deal from Real Madrid to Arsenal – Arsene Wenger convinced me. He told me about the great history of this club, about its living legends such [as] Bergkamp, Vieira and Pires, who owe a large part of their success to the manager.
“Arsene told me how he would help me develop as a player and this is something every player wants to hear, as it is great encouragement.
“Personally, I’ve had to accept a lot of criticism during my time in London. ‘Too expensive, too greedy, bad body language, and lacking fight’ – this is what people have said about me…
“Although criticism is something that all football players have to deal with, I nevertheless expected legends to behave like legends – my advice to these former Gunners: Stop talking and start supporting!
“Even though I personally do not know how my career will continue after this year, I look forward to my fifth season with Arsenal… I am glad to be able to your shirt, Gooners.
“I’ve had so many great moments in the last four years and I appreciate what this club means to the people of London, the UK and all over the world.”
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