Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil reacts to Philipp Lahm’s retirement announcement

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says that Germany will ‘miss’ Philipp Lahm, who announced his retirement from international football on Friday.

On Friday, Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international football just days after leading Germany to 2014 World Cup triumph.

The 30-year-old defender made his debut for Die Mannschaft back in February 2004 and went on to make 113 appearances for his country, scoring five goals in the process.

Lahm is one of the best right-backs in the world and probably the most consistent of his generation, and it is a credit to him that he has bowed out of international football on a high, wearing the captain’s armband as Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time in history in Brazil.

Footballing figures have been hailing the remarkable career of Lahm, who was converted into a defensive midfielder by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola last season, and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has joined them.

Ozil himself is on course to establishing himself as a German legend just like Lahm. The 25-year-old former Real Madrid star made his debut for Germany in 2009 and was a key player in his country’s World Cup success this summer.

There have been criticisms of Ozil’s apparent inconsistencies and dip in form for the Gunners last season, but as the former Werder Bremen attacking midfielder exhibited in Brazil, he can step up his game and remains one of the most creative players in the world.

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