The 26-year-old playmaker has come in for criticism for some below-par performances by his usual high-standards, but admits his desire for success hasn’t changed.
“When I was a kid I dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or. I still have that dream,” Ozil said in an interview with German newspaper, Express.
His critics claim he isn’t providing enough for the side and claim his lack of goals will stop him ever being compared to the world’s greatest stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but Ozil disagrees.Embed from Getty Images
“I have nothing to prove to them. I do not have a big ego. It is more important for me to create goals for others than to score them for myself.
“I don’t need to score goals to be happy. Assists are what make me happy.”
The German international has featured in 14 Premier League games so far this season, scoring just three times, but he has created 35 chances with five assists so far.
He claims to be training as hard as he ever has done and added: “My body is more stable, I feel fresher. And you need that strength in England.”
Ozil missed out on the UEFA Team of the Year for the first time in three years in 2014 but few can question his underlying talent. It is now a case of showing that talent on a regular basis.
Ozil will have to perform at his highest ability to fend off those who have criticised his move to Arsenal and he must now replicate the form and passion he showed when at Real Madrid.