Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil insists that it’s of no concern to him what others think
The 30-year-old has regularly been subjected to criticism from fans and pundits alike due to his demeanour on the pitch.
The likes of Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness have used some colourful language in describing Ozil in the past.
But the German only cares what those important to him think.
“I know there are people out there that like me, there are also people who don’t like me,” Ozil told the Daily Mail.
“This is a fact of life. But, for me, what is important is what the people in my inner circle tell me. I don’t care what people say outside of that. It doesn’t affect me,”
“If the coach, or people in my circle, tell me: ‘Mesut you have to do this, or have to do that’ then I listen.
“I’ll take that and work on it. But I don’t look at what someone else is saying. It really doesn’t affect me.
“Personally, things are going well but that doesn’t mean I stop working.”
Ozil will be looking to help Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions at home to Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League tonight.
However, while things are going well under new manager Unai Emery, Ozil warned the squad they cannot take it easy.
“But the most important thing is that the team is going well at the moment,” said Ozil.
“But it’s a process — every coach has a different strategy or philosophy and we can feel it. It’s a tactical thing with the new coach.
“We are learning from him, we are trying to give our best on the pitch every day and every hour.
“But we have to keep being hungry, and keep progressing. It’s not like we are done now (because we have gone 14 games unbeaten).
“It’s like we are just starting. We are doing well for now, but that doesn’t mean we stop.”
Ozil has provided four goals and an assist in 11 matches across all competitions this season for Arsenal.
The Gunners will begin their Group E with Sporting at 21:00 (CEST) at the Emirates Stadium.
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