Toni Kroos has defended Mesut Ozil following criticism of the Arsenal midfielder from the German media.
Despite Germany’s progress to the semi-finals of the World Cup – where they will face hosts Brazil on Tuesday evening – Ozil has been criticised by a variety of sources, including former German international Paul Breitner, who recently said that playing with Ozil was like playing with just 10 men.
But in an interview with TZ, Kroos said that Arsenal’s record-signing remains important to Joachim Loew’s side.
“He works for the team,” Kroos said. “Mesut has done well.”
And of the continuing criticism aimed at the 25-year-old, the Bayern Munich midfielder added, “I do not think so dramatically.”
Ozil’s World Cup statistics have proved that he deserves a place in Loew’s starting XI, but despite those figures it seems his critics may remain for a while yet.
Following his £42.4million move to Arsenal from Real Madrid, his early-season form was replaced by lacklustre performances caused in no small part by spells on the side-lines and the fact that he was playing through his first winter, having enjoyed breaks in both Germany and Spain.
But Kroos clearly rates Ozil, and if the players are on his side, he must be doing something right…