While it is true that the Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil comes in for an unfair amount of criticism from some fans and a lot of people in the English football media, it is also true that the creative midfielder does not help himself at times and could certainly have more of an impact for the Gunners at times.
Ozil certainly has the talent and without being too big headed, he is fully aware of how good he can be. So maybe his recent comments reported by the Evening Standard about his goal to win the Ballon D´Or award in the near future is not quite as unrealistic as you might think.
Our number 11 is not talking about winning the prize at the end of this year, as he freely admits that he has not done enough and also that to really stand a chance he needs to be part of a successful team. That means either a Champions Le4ague or Premier League win, as the FA cup will just not cut it at the highest level.
Ozil said, “I have to become more dangerous in front of the goal.
“I was injured for long spells last season, and scored only five in 32 competitive games. I want to improve this. To achieve it, I have to be a bit more egotistical.
“You need to win major titles with both club and country. In 2016, the chances are there to do just that. We’ve got a great team at Arsenal, which can win titles.
“After two FA Cup victories in the past two years, we want to be in the mix for the Premier League title. We also need to beat the knockout stages curse in Champions League.
“The group stage clashes with Bayern Munich are a real benchmark test. And I want to win the European Championships with Germany.”
With players like Ronaldo and Messi to contend with, Ozil is going to find his dream of lifting the Ballon D´Or an extremely difficult one to achieve, but if he can sharpen up in the final third and start to score the gopals that his talent deserves, you never know.
But let´s not get ahead of ourselves Mesut, perhaps you should be more focused on winning a few games for Arsenal first.