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Arsene Wenger Criticises Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil Over His World Cup Performances

Arsene Wenger Criticises Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil Over His World Cup Performances

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has criticised Mesut Ozil over the play-maker’s underwhelming displays in this summer’s World Cup for Germany, amidst rumours that Ozil is about to retire from international football.

Ozil appeared in all three of Germany’s group matches, as the reigning world champions were eliminated before the group stages, and the Gunners midfielder struggled to show the kind of form that recently earned him a bumper new contract at the Emirates, and made him so popular during his time at Real Madrid.

Ozil was rarely dropped by Wenger during the Frenchman’s spell as manager, but it seems even he has been pretty disappointed by what he witnessed from the 29-year-old in Russia.

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Speaking to beIN Sports, via the Metro, Wenger explained: “I know Ozil well, he is a fantastic, exceptional footballer but him and [Ilkay] Gundogan suffered from what happened before the World Cup.

“They have been vilified in Germany. 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 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 did play alright, but I think he didn’t play with the complete freedom, he played a little bit with the handbrake on at this World Cup.”

It remains to be seen how Ozil will fit into new Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s plans for next season, but he can’t be any worse than he was during the World Cup, that’s for sure.

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