Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Arsene Wenger lays into Mesut Ozil over woeful World Cup

Arsene Wenger lays into Mesut Ozil over woeful World Cup

"It's always said that if we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Özil".

Ozil started in their first group match, a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico and was a shadow of his creative self from four years ago when he helped Germany win their fourth World Cup.

"He has been playing for nine years in the German team ... including becoming world champions with the A-team".

Much of the blame apportioned to Die Mannschaft's early exit has fallen on the shoulders of Ozil, and his father thinks that the Arsenal midfielder should pack it in for his national side.

Ozil and his German team mate Ilkay Gundogan, both of whom are of Turkish descent, were already under pressure coming into the tournament.

Ozil, who has made 92 appearances for Germany, could be one of a number of 2014 World Cup winners who have played their last global.

Ozil, of Turkish origin, was criticised before and during the World Cup, accused of a lack of loyalty to German values after posing for a photograph with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bierhoff, who is effectively the number two in the Germany setup, anticipates "profound changes" after the dismal campaign in Russian Federation for which he said the entire squad should take "collective responsibility".

The father of Mesut Ozil believes that his son was made a scapegoat because of the departure of Germany from the world Cup. "I can understand if he feels insulted", said the midfielder's father.

"He's a player, you know him as well, who is pretty quickly upset, he doesn't like his criticism, he doesn't want to talk".

"But (the) fact is that Mesut, for obvious and specific reasons, could not have said what was demanded from him". He said the team management take that feeling of alienation "very seriously".

Calling his son's treatment "unfair", Ozil senior said "he needs to decide for himself". In Mesut's place, I would step down.

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