Joachim Low delivers verdict on Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil after Germany World Cup exit

Joachim Low admits that Mesut Ozil failed to perform for Germany at this summer's World Cup in Russia

Mesut Ozil
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Joachim Low has admitted that Mesut Ozil was one of a number of players who failed to perform for Germany following their shock World Cup exit.

The holders suffered a shock 2-0 to South Korea in their final group game as they ended up bottom of their group and failed to make it to the last 16.

Ozil was publicly criticised for his performance in Germany’s opening defeat by Mexico before he was dropped for the clash against Sweden.

Now, Germany boss Low has admitted that Ozil was one of a handful of players who failed to deliver for the world champions at this summer’s tournament in Russia.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Low said: “Today, because of a number of bans and injuries, we had to make changes.

“In 2014 and 2017 that was also the case, it happens. A team only begins to gel later at the tournament, so it makes sense to bring some [players] in and let it go easy on them.

“It wasn’t only Ozil, a number of other players didn’t perform as they normally would. I take responsibility for that and stand up for that, but I thought it was a good team.

“I didn’t think Thomas Muller had been that convincing in the first two matches and I wanted to make a point there.

“Towards the finish when we realised we needed a goal we took a defender out late on and that meant we became less structured, but we couldn’t wait, we had to risk.

“We needed to throw things forward and it opened things up in defence.”

Arsenal fans will be hoping that new manager Unai Emery will be able to get the best out of Ozil over the coming seasons after his stuttering form of late.

The 29-year-old has been regularly criticised for failing to produce consistent displays for the north London side.

Meanwhile, Arsenal confirmed their second signing of the summer last week when they tied up a deal to bring goalkeeper Bernd Leno to the club from Bayer Leverkusen.

The north London side will be at least aiming to break back into the top four next season.

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