Mesut Ozil must end his international retirement and return to play for Germany – for the good of himself, his country and Arsenal.
That is the view of Arsene Wenger, Ozil’s former manager at the Emirates Stadium, who says his one-time favourite pupil cannot be at his best again unless he resumes playing international football.
Germany’s miserable form has continued without Ozil – defeats by Holland and France in the last week mean Joachim Low’s fallen giants have now lost six of their last 10 games and face relegation in the Nations League.
‘I believe that Germany needs Ozil,’ Wenger told Bild. ‘I hope that Low can convince him that he will come back. Ozil is a super football player and was not the worst in the World Cup.
‘I did not like that he left the team. A little bit of motivation disappears when you know that you do not have to be ready for the World Cup and European Championship.
‘I love it when the player is as good as possible. If he does not play on an international level, a bit is lost.’