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Football: I'm one of world's best at number 10, says Mesut Ozil

Published on Aug 30, 2014 6:50 PM
 
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil runs for the ball during their Champions League playoff soccer match against Besiktas at the Emirates stadium in London on Aug 27, 2014. Ozil has reacted to criticism of his performances by declaring that he is one of the world’s best number 10s, but is being played out of position. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has reacted to criticism of his performances by declaring that he is one of the world’s best number 10s, but is being played out of position.

Ozil, 25, joined Arsenal from Real Madrid a year ago in a club-record £42 million (S$87 million) transfer, but he shone only fitfully in his first season at the Emirates Stadium.

Nevertheless, he finished the season as an FA Cup-winner and then won the World Cup with Germany, and he believes that if he is yet to impose himself in the Premier League, it is because manager Arsene Wenger plays him on the left flank.

“I’m one of the best players in the world in that number 10 position. Fans, coaches, players and everyone knows that my best position is playmaker. It’s different playing on the left,” he told Saturday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.

 
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