Mesut Özil insists he still has more to give to Arsenal, despite what the critics in the media say.
Speaking to the Arsenal website, Özil first revealed how grateful he is to have the backing of the supporters at home and away. He’s particularly pleased to have his own song, admitting it still gives him goosebumps even today.
“I have played for a few clubs, but to have my own song is a unique thing for me,” he said. “When I heard it for the first time I had goosebumps and I still get them every time that I hear it. I’m just really thankful for that amazing support.
“The fans have backed me ever since I arrived five years ago and because of that, I’ve been able to play in my preferred style.”
That style has sometimes drawn comparisons to players like Dennis Bergkamp, one of the biggest legends in Arsenal history. For Özil, that’s another thing that makes him proud, but he insists he still has chapters left to write in his own story in North London.
“Of course that makes me proud and it is an honour to be compared with him,” Özil admitted. “Bergkamp is a living legend at Arsenal and he was an amazing football player.
“But I do not want to compare myself with anybody. I have my own style and I’ve had it since I was a kid. I am proud of these comparisons, but I am Mesut Ozil and I’m not finished yet.”
Özil certainly proved some of the doubters wrong over the weekend, with a goal in an impressive performance against Newcastle.
The media spent the week trying to up the pressure on the German playmaker. They repeatedly highlighted how he’d previously missed the trip to St. James’ Park, and tried to get Unai Emery to say he has a problem with the 29-year-old. Thankfully Özil just used it as motivation to help the team to get another away win.
His song rang out loud and clear from the away end on Saturday, and let’s hope it will again regularly this season.