Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil believes Arsenal are among the best clubs and revealed he is happy at Emirates Stadium.
Gunners have not won the English Premier League title since 2003-04 and some have recommended their absence of EPL success could incite players like Ozil to leave the club, with the German international contract agreement due to expire in June 2018.
Ozil has shrugged off speculation that he is troubled and unhappy at Arsenal, with a decision on his future with the North London club pending toward the finish of the season.
“Arsenal belongs as one of the best clubs in the world and London is a great place to be, a great city to live in,” Ozil told Sky Sports.
“As I have always said in the past, I feel comfortable here. I am happy.
“As I have said before, in the summer we will talk but right now Arsenal stands in front of any player and I respect that.
“The expectations are always high, which I guess is normally positive, you could say,” the midfielder added.
“But I know what I can do and it does not affect me really. I have played for Real Madrid, I have played for Germany and I have had praise and criticism throughout my career and it has only made me stronger.
The 28-year-old has denied those claims, insisting such criticism rouses him and he only values Arsene Wenger’s decision on his performances.
“For me what is most important, as I have always said, is the manager’s opinion, because when it comes from him you know it’s the truth, be it positive or be it negative.
“There are some people that like me and some people that do not, but I give no worth to those opinions, really. They can have them, but I know what I can do. My stats show that I do give my all and I give my best.”