Arsene Wenger Discloses Why Arsenal Star Flopped for Germany

manankalra / 11 July 2018
Mesut Ozil

Is Mesut Ozil not eligible enough to play the World Cup anymore?

Germany’s attacking midfielder, Mesut Ozil failed to leave an impact at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s ex-manager has pointed out the reason for that.

As Germany could not even make it to the top 16 and crashed out in the group stages itself, the result bought disappointment to the country.

Mesut Ozil
Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil had failed to deliver during the FIFA World Cup 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

It was a shame not to see the defending champions finishing bottom of a group comprising Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Ozil landed in hot waters

Arsene Wenger says he could see the lack of heart put in by the midfielder, Ozil in Russia which eventually resulted in his side getting knocked out the round of 16. Wenger was further worried about the form of Ozil, and also the backlash he and his teammates faced post the World Cup exit.
Also, the duo of Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan were pictured with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup had begun. However, the incident had led some of the Germany fans calling for their exclusion from the national team as well.

During the event in Russia, Toni Kroos’ late goal saw Germany beat Sweden 2-1, their only win in the tournament. Apart from that, they had faced defeats at the hands of Mexico and Korea.

He further said, “I know Ozil well, he’s an exceptional football player but him and Gundogan suffered from what happened before the World Cup,” he told beIN SPORTS 

“They have been vindicated in Germany when Ozil is a guy who needs support. He doesn’t need controversy. When I watched him play I could feel that there were situations in the game where he could have moved forward, progressed, played more vertically. 

Speaking of Mesut Ozil, the attacking midfielder would be playing for Arsenal this season. With few of the new signings happening every day, the German star would be hopeful of the club gaining success in times to come.

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