Mesut Ozil’s father offers advice to Arsenal star
Mesut Ozil's father urges the Arsenal star to quit international duty with Germany
Mesut Ozil’s father has urged the Arsenal playmaker to retire from international duty after Germany’s World Cup disappointment.
The 29-year-old was heavily criticised for his ineffective displays in Russia as the defending champions failed to make it out of their group.
Ozil and his team-mates were singled out for failing to produce when it counted in the tournament and now, his father has urged him to hang up his boots for Germany.
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 said: “If I were in his place, I would say: ‘Thank you, but that’s enough’.
“He’s bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the international in Austria and he cannot understand why.
“He doesn’t always have to defend himself. He’s played in the national team for nine years and became a world champion.
“It’s always said that if we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil.
“He’s booed and put up as a scapegoat – I completely understand that he is offended.
“Mesut’s been an example for years. The situation is absurd – he loves Germany and has shown commitment to his country, that he’s presented as a scapegoat is so unfair.”
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.
The north London side will be aiming to at least break back into the top four next season as they bid to try and enjoy a positive first campaign under their new boss.
The Gunners have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph under Arsene Wenger back in 2003-04.
They finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season as they missed out on a trophy and qualification for next term’s Champions League.