With various stories coming in that Mesut Ozil did not want to leave Real Madrid and his indifferent form was because he did not want to play for Arsenal, following his severance of ties with his father, the player has come out to quash the rumours.
Nursing an injury that would take at least a month a half for him to recover from, Ozil reiterated his faith in Arsene Wenger in an interview with Esquire magazine.
He said, “He (Wenger) knows what he wants and I know he can bring me a step forward; he trusts me in that way and I trust him, completely.
For a team, it (a trophy) is the biggest thing to get and we got it (last season with the FA Cup), but as a player, there are other things – being the best player in the world, other cups, the Champions League.
For now, I am not making any plans for after my career. I am just really happy to be here.”
Ozil also seemed to be not too impressed with the constant speculation regarding his form and how he seemed to not be playing the best he could.
He said, “I have been in this business so long now, I have been a professional since I was 16, 17.
I don’t care what the press thinks about me as football changes from day to day. You can play well one day and badly the next. I’m used to it.”
It looks like Ozil is completely focussed on Arsenal and the English Premier League, and is raring to get back into the team and win more trophies.
With Alexis Sanchez in fine form, a player like Ozil would certainly team up well for the team to score more goals. This is especially relevant now, considering that both Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla are out of form. But Arsenal will have to wait at least until the new year to see Ozil take the field again. In the meanwhile, they’ll have to be happy with the return of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, who definitely add a different dimension to the attack and bring some much needed variety.
Arsene Wenger would certainly be hoping his most expensive signing will be back at the most busy period of the season when games are coming thick and fast. At such a time, Wenger cannot afford to have a playmaker of the calibre of Ozil out of the team. Both the manager and the fans will keep their fingers crossed.