Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil has expressed his displeasure at how former Arsenal players criticise his performances, saying they should “stop talking and start supporting”.
In a daring Facebook post to celebrate his 4-years at the Emirates, the 28-year-old midfield maestro revealed that he “initially struggled” when he arrived England from Real Madrid but however “accepted the challenge”.
He said: “Arsenal and I are celebrating our anniversary! Four years ago I was transferred in a last minute deal from Real Madrid to Arsenal – Arsène Wenger convinced me. He told me about the great history of this club, about its living legends such as Bergkamp, Vieira and Pirès, who owe a large part of their success to the manager.”
“Although I initially struggled when coming to the Premier League, I accepted the challenge.”
“Personally I’ve had to accept a lot of criticism during my time in London. ‘Too expensive, too greedy, bad body language, and lacking fight’ – this is what people have said about me.”
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Arsenal has started their 2017/18 Premier League campaign on a not so pleasant note, losing two out of the three games played so far with Mesut Ozil involved in Arsenal’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
“Some of these comments are made by those who do not know me, some are made by former players – both successful and unsuccessful during their time here at the club.”
“Although criticism is something that all football players have to deal with, I nevertheless expected legends to behave like legends – my advice to these former Gunners: stop talking and start supporting!” the German international added.
Ozil have been widely criticised by former Arsenal players like Robert Pires and Patrick Viera, who questions his work rate and attitude in games.