Arsenal star Mesut Ozil recently came under fire from sections of this own supporters when he was playing for Germany in the warmup friendly against Cameroon. The last 12 months has been an up-and-down time for the German star. After his £ 42 million move from Real Madrid, he became one of the finest players in the Premier league with a range of passing that made him hugely popular. However, his performance started dipping to alarming levels in the second half of the season. This led to manager Arsene Wenger taking him out of the firing line for several weeks.
Towards the end of the season, he once again appealed to find his form and this was largely seen as the result of the best he had in the last few weeks. The criticism from the Premier league has transformed into the national team level as well. The 24-year-old found himself being booed by some of the German fans when he played in the warmup friendly against Cameroon. Despite being one of the important players the team, it was surprising to see the former Real Madrid man suffer this abuse. After the match, Ozil stated that he wants more respect from the fans as he is giving his 100% to the cause.
“I am no longer a talent but an experienced player who has played in three countries. I take responsibility. The FA Cup win means that I have won three finals. I was voted Germany player of the year three times running and in the team of the year in England – always by the fans – and that is also important to me. I feel that I have the trust of Joachim Low and Arsene Wenger and that I have earned it. I am now 25 years old and at that age every footballer in the world plays in a different way,” said Ozil.