Mesut Ozil has moved to play down speculation over his future by insisting that he is “really happy” at Arsenal.
The German had come in for some fierce criticism over a string of lacklustre performances this season, prompting reports that he could cut his losses at the Emirates and start afresh elsewhere.
The 26-year-old has, in truth, endured a pretty rotten spell with us overall, bagging just SIX assists in 2014 after commanding a club-record £42.5m fee from Real Madrid last September.
However, Ozil claims that he has complete trust in manager Arsene Wenger and backs the Frenchman to get the best out of him again.
“He (Wenger) knows what he wants and I know he can bring me a step forward; he trusts me in that way and I trust him, completely,” he told Esquire.
“For a team, it (a trophy) is the biggest thing to get and we got it (last season with the FA Cup), but as a player, there are other things – being the best player in the world, other cups, the Champions League.
“For now, I am not making any plans for after my career. I am just really happy to be here.
“I have been in this business so long now, I have been a professional since I was 16, 17. I don’t care what the press thinks about me as football changes from day to day.
“You can play well one day and badly the next. I’m used to it.”
While The Gooner is slowly but surely losing patience in Ozil – who is ruled out until January with a knee injury – we would like to take the time to remember what he still can be for us.