German source Die Welt has urged Arsenal star Mesut Ozil to take his chances in Brazil this summer.
Mesut Ozil is under immense pressure as Germany prepare to start their bid to win the World Cup in Brazil.
The Arsenal maestro has been struggling to find some of his best form since the turn of the year, with his dip in confidence over the second half of last season well documented.
Jorgi Low expects him to produce his very best in Arsenal colours heading into the huge tournament but the German press and public seem less convinced that he’s the man to pull the strings in the middle of their team.
Die Welt suggests that he could be crumbling under the pressure after starting so well at Arsenal following his big money move from Real Madrid this time last year, with all of Germany waiting to see which Ozil will turn up for Brazil.
“Ozil was instantly hailed as a saviour in London. His jersey was a best seller before he’d even played a game for the Gunners – But it only took a few months for Ozil to experience the flipside in England,” reports Die Welt.
“Now many are waiting for Ozil to prove what a great gift he has. The World Cup in Brazil is a good opportunity.”
It’s significant for both Germany and Arsenal that he has a good tournament in South America or the same questions over his confidence will hang above his head leading into the new Premier League campaign.
Low is unlikely to start with Ozil in the middle of Germany’s midfield because he has alternatives, alternatives who are in better form and arguably had better seasons last year; Marco Reus and Thomas Muller to name just two.
Ozil is no stranger. He’s been under it ever since he stepped into the German national side as a young man and engineered his transfer to Real Madrid from Werder Bremen.
His position in the Arsenal side is unquestioned and when he’s on top form, everyone dances to his tune.
However, Germany and the World Cup is different and if he can’t handle the pressure and goes missing over the next couple of weeks then Arsene Wenger could find himself with a lot of pieces to pick up.