Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has responded to criticisms thrown at him by urging critics, especially ex-players to ‘stop talking and start supporting’ the club.
The German chose the occasion of his fourth anniversary at Arsenal to speak up on criticisms leveled against him by pundits and ex-players.
However, the playmaker passed up a great opportunity to commit to the Gunners, instead he added to doubts surrounding his future at the club by revealing that he doesn’t know ‘how my career will continue after this year.’
The ex-Real Madrid man is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates, and despite reports that the club has offered him a new contract, he has refused to commit to the Gunners.
“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,” Ozil said on his Facebook page.
“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!”
He added: “Even though I personally do not know how my career will continue after this year, I look forward to my fifth season with Arsenal.
“This is because Arsenal is a great club with great people and great traditions. I am glad to be able to wear your shirt, Gooners.
“I’ve had so many great moments in the last four years and I really appreciate what this club means to the people of London, the UK and all over the world.”
Ozil also had some kind words for Arsenal fans, whom he said have always supported and believed in him.
“I would like to thank all the Gooners that have always supported me and believed in me. When I leave the Emirates after a game, I see the fans standing along the street cheering.
“When I’ve played well, I hear you sing my song, and this makes me incredibly proud, giving me goosebumps every time. I have been privileged enough to have met both Brendan and Charlie.
“They support the club despite their illness, and their strength and positive messages constantly motivate me. Moreover, I’m thankful for all the other personal relationships I’ve made over the past four years.”
Ozil, who is currently with the German national team, has been at the Emirates since the summer of 2013 when he joined the club from Spanish giants, Real Madrid, for a then club record fee of £42.5 million.