Germany head coach Joachim Low has complete confidence that Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil will shine at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.
Ozil, who became the Gunners' club-record signing when he left Real Madrid in a £42.5m deal last summer, has experienced mixed fortunes in his debut Premier League campaign. The 25-year-old is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, but was heavily criticised for his most-recent performances by supporters and the media alike.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger even dropped the German playmaker for one match after he missed a penalty in the Champions League last 16 clash against Bayern Munich, which appeared to affect the player mentally.
This led to calls from Germany legends Lothar Matthaus and Günter Netzer for Low to reconsider Ozil’s place in the national team. However, speaking in an interview with World Soccer, the Germany coach made it clear that he has the utmost faith in the Arsenal star’s ability.
“In leaving Spanish football for the Premier League he has had to get used to a different style of play,” the Nationalmannschaft coach said. “I know what Mesut Ozil can do. I have 100 per cent faith that he will find his best form between now and the World Cup.”
Ozil is considered a key member of the Germany squad - and has been ever since making his international debut in 2009, while playing for Werder Bremen. He starred at the last World Cup finals in South Africa, and Low looks set to stick by the gifted playmaker, despite his recent on-field troubles.
Arsenal fans: will we see the best of Ozil in the Premier League next season? Will he be a star of the 2014 World Cup finals? Have your say in the comments section below.