According to reports from the German press, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is set to retire from international duty with Germany following a disastrous World Cup in Russia.
Went go into the tournament in a negative frame of mind
Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup, as both have Turkish heritage. This meeting did not go down well with anybody in Germany.
In fact, some fans and observers claimed that the pair should be omitted from the squad for the World Cup, as they believed that the visit showed the players lacked commitment to Die Mannschaft’s cause.
The fact that Ozil went into the tournament with an injury, yet started the first game did not help his cause either. The playmaker had a poor game in that opener a 1-0 defeat against Mexico, but so did a number of his teammates.
Germany boss Joachim Low then left the Arsenal man out of his starting line-up for the second group game, a late 2-1 win over Sweden. The victory proved to be the high of a woeful tournament for the reigning world champions.
Has enjoyed a mixed career
Despite his undoubted vision, technical ability and eye for a pass, Ozil has enjoyed a mixed career. When on song he is a joy to watch and can be a matchwinner.
However, too often he fails to turn up and is labelled lazy because his body language is not always positive. At times, he looks to lack confidence, though. Great players strut around at times and display arrogance.
Ozil often looks frustrated and as if he does not want to be on the pitch when things are not going right for his team. His perceived body language sometimes makes him a scapegoat when his team are struggling.
Arsenal needs an in-form Ozil next season
Whether Mesut Ozil decides to retire from football or not, Arsenal needs the playmaker in the right frame of mind to be on the top of his game next season.
He is such a frustrating player to watch. We all know he has such exceptional ability, but getting it out of him on a regular basis is the hard part. New Gunners boss Unai Emery is a good coach. Hopefully, he has some fresh ideas of how to get the best out of the German in the new season.
Could Mesut Ozil be set to retire from international duty?