Mesut Ozil hits out at "bulls***" critics over recent Arsenal dilemma

Mesut Ozil has taken aim at critics who speak 'bull****' about his performance and situation at Arsenal.

The German remains the club's top earner as the clock ticks down on his time at the Gunners.

Ozil is out of contract next summer and is seemingly out of Mikel Arteta's plans for the immediate future.

But the £350,000-a-week star has hit back at those who criticise him on a regular basis, insisting he is unduly targeted by those seeking publicity.

“If you consider the circumstances, you cannot use these statistics. If you have to, it is more accurate to look at the data for my whole Arsenal career and also from the 10 games after Mikel was appointed — not so bad for someone who had barely been picked for a year and a half,” he told the Athletic.

“People will always love or hate you, and the main thing is the people who know you and what they think.

"What the people outside say about my play or my character is irrelevant — they just speak bullshit to make publicity and they know by using my name it will bring them attention.

“Do it as much as you like. I don’t care, or listen to people who don’t know me.

"I didn’t get here because of them but because of the family and friends who I trust and are always behind me.”

Speculation is rife that Arsenal could offer Ozil a pay-off in return for him leaving the club this summer.

The Gunners are due to pay the playmaker £18m if he sees out the last year of his contract.

But it appears Ozil isn't focusing on a potential Emirates departure in the near future.

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“I’m not going into pre-season thinking, ‘Final year, I can chill — I know I don’t play’," he added.

"These are not easy times for Arsenal and I want to help.

"I still have a lot to offer and I train as hard as I can, whether I’m in the squad or not.

"If you’re called in, you have to be prepared. I’m doing all the necessary work on the pitch, with the fitness coach and in the gym.

"This is all I can do.”

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