Arsene Wenger reveals real reason for Mesut Ozil World Cup disaster

Jose Verdugo
Julio 10, 2018

Arsene Wenger insists he did not recognise the Mesut Ozil who played for Germany at the World Cup.

Ozil played in the defeats to Mexico and South Korea, but was left on the bench against Sweden, a game in which Germany recorded their only win in Russia - Toni Kroos' late goal giving them a 2-1 victory.

Ozil was restored to the starting XI against South Korea but delivered an ineffectual performance as Germany suffered a shock loss to end their tournament prematurely.

"When I watched him play, I could feel there were situations in the game where he could have moved forward, progressed and played more vertical". 'Ozil is a guy who needs support, he doesn't need controversy'.

"He played alright, but he didn't play with complete freedom and played with the handbrake on this World Cup".

"If I were in his place, I would say: 'Thank you, but that's enough, '" he told BILD this weekend (H/T Independent).

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"He's bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the global in Austria and he can not understand why".

'He doesn't always have to defend himself.

Speaking in an interview quoted by talkSPORT, Ozil's father Mustafa revealed his anger at the way his son has been treated following Germany's World Cup exit. He's played in the national team for nine years and became a world champion. He's booed and put up as a scapegoat - I completely understand that he is offended.

The German made just 24 Premier League starts as Arsenal finished sixth and were knocked out of the Europa League in the semi finals.

Ozil will now be enjoying some time away from football before reporting back to Arsenal to begin pre-season training under new manager Unai Emery.

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