Mesut Ozil has claimed that he is unfairly singled out and blamed when things begin to go wrong at Arsenal.
The German international made his return from injury whilst away on international duty at the weekend, playing the majority of the second-half in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Azerbaijan, before talking to the press about his current situation in North London.
The midfielder admitted that he is unhappy that he is targeted for criticism whenever the Gunners endure a bad run of form, and is ‘singled out’ by fans and pundits alike, before revealing his happiest moment with Arsenal.
Ozil was also asked whether he still has any attachment to former side Real Madrid, which is of course being spun into him wanting to return, a move which appears unlikely whether he wishes to or not.
He said: “When the team’s on a bad run, somebody needs to be singled out, sadly most of the time it’s me.”
He added: “You know what made me proud? The first day the Arsenal fans sang the Ozil song.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it at any other club. It gives me goose bumps every time the fans sing that song.”
The 28 year-old was then asked about his feelings toward former club Real, to which he replied: “Of course my heart beats for Real. I played there and still have many friends to this day in the team and in the club. Therefore I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Real, even against Bayern.”
Are many fans and pundits quick to turn on Ozil? Does he get more stick than is deserved? Could he find himself leaving the club this summer also?