Mesut Ozil

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Of course, that makes me proud and it is an honour [to be compared with Dennis Bergkamp]. He is a living legend at Arsenal and he was an amazing football player. But I do not want to compare myself with anybody.feedback
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Oct 13 2017
Mesut Ozil has most recently been quoted in an article called Four years and £74m later - has the Ozil & Arsenal relationship been a success?. Mesut Ozil said, “In my position you have many possibilities playing forward: You can demand the balls, make telling passes or score yourself. I feel the most comfortable playing as a No.10 because I've done it since I was young.”. Mesut Ozil has been quoted a grand total of 117 times in 50 articles.
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Jul 21 2017

Many people ask me that question [about Fenerbahce], my family, my friends. When they hear something like that they keep telling me: 'Join that club' or 'Go there!', but at the moment I have a contract at Arsenal and I do not think about Turkey or other leagues.feedback

Jul 13 2017

I hope Alexis stays but I don't know what the status is, to be honest. I value him a lot as a player and he's very well suited to the game Arsenal play.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - London

It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal.feedback

Jul 12 2017

I hope Alexis stays but I don't know what the status is to be perfectly honest. But I value him a lot as a player and he's very well-suited to the game Arsenal play.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Manchester United

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid!feedback

Jun 20 2017

I hear Sydney is a nice city with a lot of nice people living there. I don't know a lot about Australia but this is a good opportunity to see the city, the people and I'm really happy to go there with Arsenal.feedback

Jun 05 2017

Schalke is my absolute favourite club, I'm still a big fan. After all, I grew up with Schalke.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Borussia Dortmund bus attack

In terms of potential, Schalke is the number three for me in Germany after Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.feedback

Jun 05 2017

They have wonderful fans and a great stadium. It is a pity that they are stuck in mediocrity. This fantastic club deserves more.feedback

Jun 05 2017

My family would be very happy about a return.feedback

May 05 2017

You think two beautiful passes are enough. You think you're so good that 50% is enough.feedback

May 04 2017

Some people look at my body language and think I don't care. But that's me. I won't change my body language or my style of play drastically anymore.feedback

May 04 2017 - Turkey

Many people ask me that question [about Fenerbahce], my family, my friends. When they hear something like that they keep telling me: 'Join that club' or 'Go there!' But at the moment I have a contract at Arsenal and I do not think about Turkey or other leagues. You can never know what is going to happen in the future. I feel very, very comfortable here. We'll see about the rest.feedback

May 04 2017 - Manchester United

You can't compare the expectations at Real with any other club. Neither with Arsenal nor the national team. In Madrid you have to win every match. If you get a draw, even against Barcelona, you failed. Especially as a young player you have to develop accordingly and take on that mentality. Jose Mourinho helped me a lot with that. He supported me and always wanted the best for me. When I look back, there were many nice moments at Real and I made many friends there.feedback

May 04 2017

I was never a guy who liked to be in the centre of attention. Sure, today people recognise me everywhere. But I always simply wanted to be with my people. It was like that in school, too. I just went there and tried to do my best. But in the back of my head there was always football. That was my life and my love. On the pitch I always want to be successful and do everything perfectly. That's how I flourish and my attitude changes. I simply love to play.feedback

May 04 2017

It does not only depend on the manager. Of course he was the one who convinced me to join Arsenal and he was a main factor for me to come here. He is a very experienced coach who made Arsenal one of the best clubs in the world. You must have respect for him, because he is a great manager. But I do not decide whether the manager stays or not. What's important for me is that we develop as a team and reach our goals.feedback

May 04 2017

The disappointment [against Bayern] was very, very big, obviously. Especially as it was 1-1 at half-time. To lose that high during the second half was bitter. Not just for me, but for the whole team. And we knew ahead of the second leg that it would be extremely difficult, especially against such a strong team.feedback

May 04 2017

Of course we had high hopes. In my opinion Bayern was not as strong as they were in the years before. We expected to achieve something. The disappointment was huge, also because I think we have the quality to go far in the competition. Unfortunately it did not happen.feedback

May 04 2017 - Japan

I have played for a few clubs, but to have my own song, like that one in Tokyo, is a unique thing for me. When I heard it for the first time I had goose bumps and I still get them. You just are really thankful for that amazing support.feedback

May 04 2017

At the start of my career I thought about it [after you've lost a game] a lot and I was angry for a long time. Of course it is still similar if we lose a game. But you should not think too much about what happened, but look ahead. Life goes on and you have successful matches and you have bad matches. You just have to keep going full throttle.feedback

May 04 2017 - China

Money never played a big role for me in football. I play football because I love it. Sure, you do not earn peanuts and the offer from China was tempting and interesting. But as I said: Money is not everything. I want to win titles and I have my goals I want to achieve. That is more important than money. That's why I said from the beginning, that China is not an option for me.feedback

May 04 2017

Expectations on me were very high everywhere, because I am a player who can make the difference. You have to deal with that. There will always be criticism and there will always be praise. But what matters is what the manager tells me. I have said that numerous times. But what I can't understand is when people say: 'Look, he does not push anymore' or 'He does not run enough'. If you look at my numbers you can see I run a lot and I show a good attitude.feedback

May 04 2017

I like to spend time at home with my friends and family, especially my dog and my cousin. My friends and my family visit me regularly for longer intervals. We go out to dinner or to the cinema. If we have a few days off I fly somewhere, mostly into the sun. But, apart from that, I am usually at home.feedback

May 04 2017

I like the people [in Likya Ocakbasi Restaurant ]. They are part of my family now. And, of course, the Turkish food. It is very similar to what my mother always cooks. That's why I like being here, I love these Turkish meals.feedback

May 04 2017

I was always a calm guy. I know what I am capable of and I don't let myself get unsettled by other people. During my childhood and my career there were always people who liked me and people who disliked me. I know pretty well who I am and who supports me. Of course fame is a factor when you play for the biggest clubs in the biggest leagues in the world. You have only a little privacy. Still, I am trying to spend as much time as I can with my family and friends, and try to enjoy my life the way I want to.feedback

May 04 2017 - London

I simply love to live here. London is a world city. There is so much you can do. There are many different cultures here and I just feel very, very comfortable. The club is huge and I enjoy playing for Arsenal. Living in London is awesome. I'm proud of quite a few of my goals but that one against Ludogorets was like on PES! Passing three or four opponents and then scoring. When I watch it, I think it was the best goal of my career.feedback

May 04 2017 - Turkey

I am very, very proud I am also Turkish and both of my parents are from Turkey. I was born in Germany and grew up there. By playing football I learned my different cultures and that is an advantage if you grow up as a person. You get a different view on certain things. I am very, very thankful I was able to pick the best from many cultures.feedback

Apr 21 2017 - Champions League

You're always hungry for titles. We're out of the Champions League and it will be very hard to win the title. We can only really get this one trophy and we must give everything to do it. I hope we can take the next step against City and get into the final. It will be difficult because they want the same - they're desperate to win the FA Cup, just as we are.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - London

I contacted another club because it seemed to be the only possible way out. Time was flying. There were thousands of things to sort out if I were to actually move to London. Was I sure that's what I wanted? That this was what would make me happy.feedback

Apr 16 2017

Of course, I'd hoped that Florentino Perez would back down and not punish me for the argument between him and my father. That he'd approach me again. But he didn't. The relationship had cooled.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Manchester United

Jose Mourinho was astonished. You didn't say anything to me. I thought you wanted to finish your career at Real Madrid,' he texted me.feedback

Apr 16 2017

Some opponents also gave me a right earful on the pitch soon after my move from Spain.feedback

Apr 16 2017

Sledging from the opposition. Cutting comments from refs. And football that's harder than anywhere else – that's the Premier League. That's English football.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - Champions League

At the moment what is important is Arsenal, not me or any other players. The team are having a more difficult spell and at this stage I am not important, no other player is important - what is important is the club. We will talk in the summer and clear things then. At the moment it would be wrong to think about that. I always said he was the most important factor in me coming here.feedback

Apr 14 2017

He has been here for 20 years and has given a lot to this club and I think he deserves respect for what he has achieved here.feedback

Apr 14 2017

Maybe my style sometimes does make it look like I'm not 100 percent there. But that is my body language, that is the way I have always been. That is the way I am and I won't change that.feedback

Apr 14 2017

At this stage I'm not important, what's important is the club. We've still got a lot to aim for this season, to try and finish in the top four. It would be wrong to think about anything other than the football and then we can talk again at the end of the season. As players we cannot decide who manages the club.feedback

Apr 09 2017

Sometimes things don't work as well in games as they have in previous games. If you lose, or you give a goal away or don't make an assist, you can't think about it too much, can't dwell on it.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Champions League

I hear a lot, but I don't give any worth to it. What the manager says is what's important to me. What experts say doesn't interest me and never will. I know what I can do. I've not been playing at the top level for nothing. I've been successful. The expectations are very high, as mine are for myself too. I have big expectations of myself. To do that, you have to win the Champions League, otherwise it's very hard. I think every player wants to win that award but it's not my goal. If it happens in my career, that will be nice, but for me titles with clubs are more important.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Champions League

I think the club know they need to strengthen. When you look at our squad, it's not as broad as Bayern [Munich]'s or Real Madrid's. In the Champions League, that's not enough, especially against big teams. It's important to know if he [Wenger] stays or if he goes. We need to think towards next season.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Champions League

As a player you are never satisfied. As a player you want more, you want to win the league. I would like to win the Champions League too, because it is the biggest thing in club football. This club is big, they have potential to achieve a lot and I hope that works better in the future. I have one more year on my contract. I hope to win the title and the Champions League here.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Champions League

I think the club know they need to strengthen. But what is most important is the manager's opinion. He and the club will make the decision. When you look at our squad, it is not as broad as Bayern Munich's or Real Madrid's. In the Champions League, that is not enough, especially against big teams, because they have more breadth in their squad.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Champions League

I want to win the Champions League and the title. I see this club as having the potential to win these trophies. When every year you see the chance, think it is really possible against big teams and then have a big defeat, it affects me because I have always wanted to achieve big goals and always will. I want to win the Champions League. I am very happy. I have a connection with the club. I love London, it is great to live here but I cannot say what will happen in the future. In the summer we will definitely talk.feedback

Apr 08 2017

[Arsene] Wenger is not just important for me but for the whole club. It is important to know if he stays or if he goes. We need to think towards next season. He is very important. In my career I have always made decisions not just because of clubs but managers, too. As a footballer, it is important to have the manager's trust and believe they can develop you.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Champions League

Football is my priority, we have aims with the team to reach the Champions League. In the summer there is enough time to talk about other things.feedback

Mar 30 2017

I'm not the type of player to chase after the ball the whole time, everyone knows that. 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.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I don't want to exclude that. Many family members - my mother especially - would welcome it if I were closer to home.feedback

Mar 29 2017

Of course my heart beats for Real. I played there and still have many friends to this day in the team and in the club. Therefore I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Real, even against Bayern [Munich].feedback

Mar 26 2017

You think Wenger speaks to journalists before he tells me? Then I know him differently.feedback

Mar 26 2017 - Champions League

I have contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We'll talk soon and then make a decision.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Everything is open. We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I concentrate on the current season. Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something. This is why it would be wrong to say that my future depends on my coach. Criticism accompanies me since the start of my career.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Everything is open. We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I concentrate on the current season.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Everything is open. Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something. This is why it would be wrong to say that my future depends on my coach. Criticism accompanies me since the start of my career. I polarise - in Bremen, in Madrid, in the national team and now in London. You are never satisfied as a sportsman. You need the motivation.feedback

Mar 06 2017

But his attitude [is that] he's always there for the team and I'm pleased for him when he scores a goal and is successful.feedback

Mar 06 2017

[Important goals are] what characterises him. He's not one of the best central defenders in the world, or in the history of football, for no reason. He just wants to be successful and you see on the pitch that he never gives up, right until the last second where some players might say: 'Oh, it's over.feedback

Mar 03 2017

It is a sad chapter in a very long and respectful father-son relationship, which is the basis for what I achieved as a football player.feedback

Mar 03 2017

I had to do something for my career. I called Arsene Wenger - as I promised to contact him first when there was the chance to look for another club. And there it was.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - Twitter

He hadn't negotiated a lot with the biggest club bosses and so he lacked serenity to deal with that provoking offer from Real Madrid in an appropriate way. My father slammed the door of Perez's business room and I risked to sit in the stands. Suddenly I had to act. For my career. It was not at all possible to stay anymore - especially if this decision was not based on performance criteria. I parted ways with my father in October 2013. He was angry and felt aggrieved. He even deleted my Twitter account as an administrator and I lost millions of followers.feedback

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