Joachim Low sends message to Mesut Ozil after dropping Arsenal star
Joachim Low explains his decision to drop Mesut Ozil for Germany's World Cup clash against Sweden
Joachim Low has insisted that he is still backing Mesut Ozil to play a big role for Germany in this summer’s World Cup, despite dropping the Arsenal star for Saturday’s win over Sweden.
The Germany boss opted not to start with the Arsenal playmaker and the 29-year-old ended up being an unused substitute in their dramatic 2-1 win over Sweden in their second group game.
Goals from Marco Reus and Toni Kroos in the second half helped Germany to come from a goal down to claim a vital victory in their second group game following their defeat by Mexico in their opener.
It remains to be seen whether Ozil will be restored to the starting line-up for Germany for their final group game against South Korea on Wednesday.
Ozil has been regularly criticised for his failure to produce consistent performances for both club and country over the last few months.
However, Germany manager Low has insisted that the Arsenal star still does have a role to play for his side at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Saturday night, Low said: “We have strong competition with us in the squad.
“We will still need his creativity in the tournament.”
Ozil will be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the new Arsenal team under Unai Emery next season.