Arsenal Ace Defends His Playing Style & Openly Admits He's 'Not the Type' to Chase the Ball

Ollie Knight

Under-fire Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has responded to criticism by claiming that he 'isn't the type of player who chases the ball around'.

The 28-year-old has come under scrutiny from his own supporters this season, being blamed for a handful of poor performances that coincided with a woeful spell of Arsenal form.

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Ozil did however admit that his form has dipped this season, claiming that when things aren't going well it's 'twice as hard' for a creative player.

“I’m not the type of player to chase after the ball the whole time, everyone knows that."  ​Goal  quote Ozil as saying.  “My potential lies far more on the offensive side.

“I’m supposed to be dangerous, create chances, score goals. When I don’t get the ball, that’s difficult.”

Despite starting the season as one of the Premier League favourites, Arsenal have peeled off since the turn of the year, enduring a woeful run of form that has effectively ruled them out of the running for a top-four finish.

Speaking of Arsenal's, and his own, form, Ozil added: “I started strongly but – like the team in general – have not kept up my performance.


“When it isn’t going well overall it is twice as hard for a creative player. Take the games against Bayern, for instance.”

The Gunners welcome Manchester City to the Emirates this weekend, where a win is surely needed to stand any chance of clawing back a spot in the top-four.

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