Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has hit back at criticism from Florentino Perez that he ‘could not stand the pressure’ at Real Madrid.
The German international made a shock summer move to the Emirates Stadium on transfer deadline day after three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Perez also since claiming that he had been ‘unprofessional’ in his desire to move away.
However, Ozil has shrugged off the comments and insisted that his record in Spain speaks for itself.
“If you look at my statistics and how many games I played there then you can see how professional I was. I had three great years with Madrid and that is all I am going to say on the matter,” he told reporters ahead of his country’s World Cup qualifier with the Republic of Ireland on Friday, when he is set to win his 50th cap.
The 24-year-old was also full of praise for his new boss Arsene Wenger and revealed how he has settled into life in London.
“I feel great in London, the Coach trusts me and the team is fully behind me. I feel very, very well there,” said Ozil.
“I can only say that [Wenger] is a great Coach who knows exactly what he wants and has a clear vision. We need a Coach like that if we want to be successful.
“London is an interesting city to live in. I have grown to love this place in such a short space of time,” he added.