Mesut Ozil has told Bild that he’s not going to start chasing after the ball and that’s not what he’s in the side for, while admitting he has not kept up his performances this season – like the rest of the team.

  • Midfielder has 5 league goals and 5 assists this season
  • Ozil has 9 goals and 9 assists in all competitions
  • Last season he scored 8 but assisted 20

Mesut Ozil has admitted that his form hasn’t been as good as it should be for part of this season but also highlighted that it is a team issue, not just one affecting him.

“I started strongly but – like the team in general – have not kept up my performance,” Ozil told Bild.

“When it isn’t going well overall it is twice as hard for a creative player. Take the games against Bayern, for instance.

 “I’m not the type of player to chase after the ball the whole time, everyone knows that.

“My potential lies far more on the offensive side.

“I’m supposed to be dangerous, create chances, score goals. When I don’t get the ball, that’s difficult.”

In saying that, Ozil frequently runs over 10km in a game and does chase back more than he’s given credit for.

Ozil has been passed fit and should be included in the starting lineup against Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday.