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Wenger praises ‘super’ Ozil but questions his international retirement

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described Mesut Ozil as a super football player and has revealed that he is hopeful that he reverses his decision to retire from international football.

Ozil decided to call time on his international career after the Die Mannschaft’s miserable World Cup campaign this summer which saw them fail to make it out of the group stages despite having won the trophy four years ago.

The 29-year-old was widely slammed in the German media for his decision to be pictured with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and used that as one of the reasons for his decision to step down from the national team.

However, former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has said that he hopes the Arsenal playmaker should reconsider his decision.

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“I think Germany needs Ozil and I hope Low can convince him to come back,” Wenger told German newspaper Sport Bild.

“Ozil is a super football player and was not the worst at the World Cup.

“I did not love it that he withdrew from the Germany team [because] the Germans respect what he achieved.

“A small bit of motivation disappears when you know that you don’t have to be ready for a World Cup, a European Championship.

“I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level.”

Wenger also confirmed that he is close to making a return to football having resigned from his post at the Emirates earlier this year after 22 years in the managerial hotseat.

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