Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has said he laughs off criticism of his style of play and has explained why he “hates to lose” – even in training.
He revealed this in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
Ozil produced a man-of-the-match performance on Monday as Arsenal beat Leicester 3-1 to record their 10th win in a row in all competitions.
Ozil has always been criticised for his languid approach, which has seen him brandished as lazy and lacking fight.
However, ahead of Arsenal’s Super Sunday clash with Crystal Palace, Ozil told Sky Sports: “I just laugh.
“I am not the youngest anymore but I started playing professionally at the age of 16 or 17 and it’s always been up and down with me – people either like me or they don’t.
“I don’t listen to these people – I just listen to my coach and my people who say things straight to my face. So of course, if I play bad, I know that just as I know when I play well.
“The most important thing is that the coach can help me – if I make mistakes he can tell me, we can speak and I can improve for the future.
“But if people just say bad things about me because they want to be in the newspaper – I know that and I don’t care about them.
“I always have motivation, particularly before the games – I want to win all the games and I hate to lose, even in training I am p****d and aggressive because I always want to win.
“I am a very calm person, sometimes on the pitch, I get very emotional if I make mistakes or give the ball away because I want to make everything perfect.
“The coach wants me to give everything on the pitch – which is what I do but I still work hard to reach my aims.
“I have said before the main thing is to achieve more than we have over the last few years and I think we have the potential to win something with the team. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we will win some trophies.”