Mesut Ozil has taken to social media to address the amount of strong criticism he has received in recent weeks as the Gunners’ turmoil continues.
The 28-year-old moved to the Emirates stadium from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a transfer fee which made him Arsenal’s most expensive player for four years until the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette in July.
Despite winning three FA Cups in an Arsenal shirt, Ozil has constantly attracted criticism from many who believe he has failed to live up to the hype since moving to north London.
And on Saturday, the midfielder, who only has a year left on his Arsenal contract, posted a lengthy statement on Facebook which saw him admit that his future at the club is hanging in the balance.
“Even though I personally do not know how my career will continue after this year, I look forward to my fifth season with Arsenal.” he said
“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.
“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.
“They [Ozil’s German teammates] claimed to have read about the current crisis through the media, as pundits and former players are commenting on a daily basis. They say that this could be the worst team in years, even decades.”