Debate rages over Mesut Ozil's national team future

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is struggling to regain the trust of the German public heading into a huge summer for the player and country.

The German national team are one of the favourites to win the World Cup this summer in Brazil, with Arsenal midfielder Ozil the country's playmaker.

But, according to the Daily Mail, there is a debate raging in Germany - does the Gunners ace deserve to start?

There's no shortage of talent in the attacking midfield positions for Germany. Many believe Bayern Munich starlet Mario Gotze deserves the central berth currently occupied by Ozil, while his Arsenal teammate Lukas Podolski is also under threat.

Podolski is a favourite of coach Joachim Low, but Marco Reus has overtaken the former-Koln player on the flank for Germany. It doesn't help that Podolski has struggled to stake a regular claim at Arsenal.

Legends like Gunter Netzer and Lothar Matthaus have publicly questioned Ozil's performances in recent weeks, especially in the light of his disappointing display against Bayern Munich in the Champions League first-leg last month.

His temperament has raised concerns, as evidenced by the noticeable dip in performance following his penalty miss in the same game.

In the pressure cooker environment of the World Cup, some believe Germany are better off going with someone other than Ozil in the starting lineup.

There is no doubt he will be involved, it's up to him to prove that it can be as the focal point of a hugely talented Germany squad.

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