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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has responded to criticisms of his playing style by insisting that he “just laughs” at those that don’t say things to his face, reports Goal.
The former Germany international has been heavily criticised by a number of pundits in recent weeks, but he insists he pays little attention.
Former Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness recently claimed that the Germany international is a “polarising” figure, after he played a key role in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Leicester City.
Indeed, he made the claim that the playmaker is often “absent” in big games, and that his performance against the Foxes was not enough for him to be hailed as a game-changing player. Ozil, though, maintains that he does not pay attention to those who criticise him in the media, insisting that he only listens to those who say things to him in person.
The German has thus far scored four goals in nine games in all competitions, as well as providing one assist, and he told Sky Sports News on his critics: “I just laugh. “I am not the youngest anymore but I started playing professionally at the age of 16 or 17 and it’s always been up and down with me – people either like me or they don’t. “I don’t listen to these people – I just listen to my coach and my people who say things straight to
my face. So of course, if I play bad, I know that just as I know when I play well. “The most important thing is that the coach can help me – if I make mistakes he can tell me, we can speak and I can improve for the future.
“But if people just say bad things about me because they want to be in the newspaper – I know that and I don’t care about them.”