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Unai Emery has a counter view to former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Mesut Ozil’s retirement from Germany, as he believes the midfielder’s retirement will benefit Arsenal, according to the Metro.
The 30-year-old midfielder retired from the German national team in controversial circumstances after a disastrous world cup outing in July.
He cited racism and discrimination as his reasons for quitting. He was made a scapegoat in Germany after taking a photo with Turkey president Recap Tayyip Erdogan.
Wenger believes the playmaker may lose motivation as he no longer has international football to look forward to
“I believe that Germany need Ozil,” he told SportBild earlier this week.
“I hope that Low can convince him to come back. Ozil is a super football player, he was not the worst at the World Cup.”
“I did not love that he left Germany’s national team because a small piece of motivation disappears when you know that you do not have to be ready for a World Cup or a European Championship.”
Emery however is of the opinion that the break from international football will give the midfielder more time to rest and better understand his tactics.
“International breaks are not easy if you have to play two matches.
‘When players stop this, maybe it can help them focus more for us, with training and improving things. It could help mesut to find our ideas more quickly.”
Emery seems to be right as Ozil has been in wonderful form since his retirement, with four goals in his last couple of games.