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Friday 22 September 2017

Ozil: 'Nothing wrong with my attitude'

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Photo: PA
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Photo: PA

Mesut Ozil insists there is nothing wrong with his attitude amid claims he does not pull his weight at Arsenal.

The German World Cup winner is often criticised for a perceived lack of effort when he lines up for the Gunners.

The criticism has intensified in recent weeks with Arsenal struggling for results, falling out of the Premier League top four and being hammered 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Ozil, 28, was again a peripheral figure as Arsenal lost to Tottenham on Sunday, with Spurs guaranteeing they will finish above their neighbours for the first time since 1995.

The former Real Madrid man has a little over a year to run on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and has defended his displays.

"Some people like me, some people don't," Arsenal's club-record signing said.

"Some people look at my body language and think I don't care. But that's me. I won't change my body language or my style of play drastically any more.

"Expectations on me were very high everywhere, because I am a player who can make the difference. You have to deal with that.

"There will always be criticism and there will always be praise. But what matters is what the manager tells me. I have said that numerous times.

"But what I can't understand is when people say: 'Look, he does not push any more' or 'He does not run enough'. If you look at my numbers you can see I run a lot and I show a good attitude."

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