Mesut Ozil’s father offers advice to Arsenal star

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Arsene Wenger says he didn't recognise the Mesut Ozil playing for Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 29-year-old was heavily criticised for his ineffective displays in Russian Federation as the defending champions failed to make it out of their group.

Ozil was dropped for the only game Germany actually won - the comeback match against Sweden - and toiled against Mexico and South Korea.

"When I watched him play, I could feel there were situations in the game where he could have moved forward, progressed and played more vertical".

'He played security. I was thinking come on, that is not the real Ozil I know, the guy who can kill, ' Wenger added. "He did play alright but I think he didn't play with complete freedom, he played a little bit with the handbrake and Gundogan didn't play at all, and Gundogan is a great player".

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.

Ozil has won Germany's Player of the Year in five of the past seven seasons but the midfielder's father has suggested he should retire from global football after the reception he received in Russian Federation.

Wenger said, "I know Özil well, he is fantastic, an exceptional football player, but he and Ilkay Gündogan have suffered from the fuss that took place before the World Cup".

"He's bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the worldwide in Austria and he can not understand why". He's played in the national team for nine years... and became a world champion. 'Ozil is a guy who needs support, he doesn't need controversy'. He's booed and put up as a scapegoat - I completely understand that he is offended.

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