Mesut Ozil has claimed that he is always the player singled out when Arsenal are struggling.
The German playmaker has failed to recapture his best form, in what has been a miserable season for the Gunners.
Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League after a 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich and face a uphill task to qualify for next season’s competition.
Ozil feels he is usually the player fans and media come for, when the team is underperforming.
“People know what I have achieved,” the 28-year-old told Bild.
“That I am a World Cup winner, played for Real Madrid, set up 20 goals last season [in all competitions].
“When the team’s on a bad run, somebody needs to be singled out, sadly most of the time it’s me.”
Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 and, while a return to the Spanish capital is unlikely, the playmaker remains loyal to the Liga leaders.
“Of course my heart beats for Real,” he said.
“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],” he added, referring to the clubs’ impending clash in the Champions League quarter-finals.