Ozil 'satisfied' with first season at Arsenal

The Germany international admits he has had his "ups and downs" since arriving in England from Real Madrid in a deal worth £42 million, and says he can deal with any critics
Mesut Ozil says he is "satisfied" with how his first season in the Premier League with Arsenal has gone, after joining the club from Real Madrid in August.

The Gunners' record signing got off to a strong start on his arrival in England scoring two goals in his first five games, in wins over Newcastle and Everton.

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However, Ozil has only managed four more league goals this season and came in for criticism for his performances in the Champions League - but the 25-year-old is content with his form.

"I had ups and downs, but I am satisfied. Arsenal haven't won a title for 10 years and, in one week we can win the FA Cup. It would the third cup win in the third country for me," he told Bild.

"Sometimes the sparks fly. I have to deal with it. In Munich, I was injured after three minutes but I wanted to keep on playing. I am satisfied with my first season."

Ozil has been joined by team-mates Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski in the Germany squad for the World Cup, and insists him and his international team-mates will only settle for glory in Brazil.

"Football is a team sport and I want to do my bit so we work out as a group. There are some teams that are among the favourites," he added.

"Of course, we want to become world champions, third place or playing good football isn't enough for us anymore.

"When I’m on the field and the whole world looks at me, I forget the heat and the humidity. Then I have fun like a little boy. We will be able to deal with the weather."