The whole football world was thrown into shock, when Germany the reigning world champion prior to the world cup was eliminated in the first round by South Korea.
The team on returning to Germany knew what was awaiting them, with criticism haven poured in after their 0-1 defeat to Mexico in their opening game of the world cup. Criticism came from ex-internationals and Germany football administrators alike. Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack spoke of the lack of German character in the team’s performance.
“There is no explanation as to how a team with this quality can end at the bottom of this group. How can this group of players struggle with all these basics of football? Body language, attitude, intention – these things were missing in Russia and may have been missing for some time.” Ballack said.
Ozil the scapegoat
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil was one player who was singled out. Ozil who before the tournament had been criticized, after being pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was at the center of the heat. With Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness saying
“He had been playing sh*t for years,”
A statement which was heavily criticize by the player’s agent Dr. Erkut Sogut
The player father’s statement had alleged that the player is unfairly targeted when the team performs poorly
“He no longer wants to explain himself; he no longer wants to have to defend himself all the time” . Said the father.
“He has been playing for nine years in the German team … including becoming world champions with the A-team.
He has contributed a lot for this country. It has always been: if we win, we win together. But when we lose, we lose because of Ozil? He is now getting whistled at and made a scapegoat. I can understand if he feels insulted,”
He went on to advise the midfielder to consider retirement;
“He needs to decide for himself. But if I were in his place, I’d say – thanks a lot but that’s it!”
Ozil breaks up with Germany
Ozil announced his retirement from the national side accusing the German Football Association (DFB) of racism and disrespect;
“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”
How Arsenal can benefit from Ozil international retirement
Ozil’s statement presents a feeling of rejection and lack of support from the German faithful.
Arsenal could be at the benefiting end. All Arsenal need to do is provide a new home for one of their key assets. This will only fuel Ozil’s burning desire to proof his critics wrong.
Arsenal fans support will be greatly needed, which according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is what Ozil often needs.
“Ozil is a guy who needs support, he doesn’t need controversy,” said the French man
“When I watched him play, I could feel that there were situations in the game where he could have moved forward, progressed more vertically. But he played safely. I always was thinking come on, that’s not the real Ozil I know, the guy who can kill.” He added
The fans support will therefore, go a long way in boasting Ozil morale for the new season and with Ozil at his best Arsenal will be odds on for success this season.
Ozil made is Germany debut in 2009 and has a total of 92 appearances, scoring 23 times with 40 assists.