Sports / Other Sports - 2019-10-17 15:35:38
Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil has hit back at those who continue to suggest that he goes missing in big games.
The German World Cup winner has seen his consistency being questioned throughout a spell in north London, especially when the Gunners face fellow heavyweights.
However, Ozil believes he is being unfairly singled out when it comes to such showings, saying it is impossible for him alone to carry Arsenal against opponents that are stronger than them.
Speaking on claims that he struggles to perform when it matters most, the Arsenal playmaker told The Athletic Magazine:
“It always happens that an ex-player stands there on TV and criticises me. Others just continue the theme and it gets in everyone’s heads.
“If we don’t do well in a ‘big’ game, it’s always my fault. If that’s true, how do you explain our results in the ‘big’ games when I wasn’t involved? There’s no real difference. I know people expect me to offer more, dictate play and make the difference – I do, too – but it’s not that straightforward.
“I’m not the only player in the team and, don’t forget, some of our opponents are simply better than us. Also, what is a ‘big’ or ‘small’ game? In the Premier League, anyone can beat anyone. Look at Wolves and Norwich beating Man City, or Newcastle and West Ham beating Man United....