Date:Thursday June 12 2014
In time honoured fashion any one receiving the accolades that Ozil did as a big money purchase from Real along with the endorsement and regret of prominent former team mates at his departure will be seen as fair game for naysayers.
Despite a good record for his first season in the PL coinciding with the club's first trophy for a while (it's nearly a month since we last won one!) there have been plenty of doubters seeking to find fault as though the fee paid should result in a higher level of performance than he'd managed previously.
The German midfielder has taken all that has been dished out, including a nasty attack from Neil Ashton who somehow manages to nick a living as a sports journalist for the Daily Mail which in turn manages to nick a living as a newspaper, with quiet dignity.
In an interview with German sports magazine Sport Bild he took the opportunity to give some back. Pointing out that he is now a seasoned player having played in three countries and winning a cup trophy in each with a record worthy of respect he told his interviewer:
'I was voted Germany player of the year three times running and in the team of the year in England - always by the fans - and that is also important to me.
'I feel that I have the trust of Joachim Low and Arsene Wenger and I have justified it.
'I am now 25 years old and at that age every footballer in the world plays in a different way to what he did when he was 21.
'Naturally my role at Arsenal is different in that I have more responsibility than I did at Real. I like that.'
Ozil will never be the showiest of players. His assets are in his decision making and in doing the simple things with intelligence and skill. He's a player who also needs to be watched with the mind's eye to fully appreciate him.
Date:Thursday June 12 2014
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