Germany captain backs Arsenal's Ozil to return to his best

Germany national team captain Phillipp Lahm has backed Arsenal club record signing Mesut Ozil to find his form again.

The 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender has come out publicly to back his national colleague Ozil to return to his best following a tough spell in recent weeks in his debut Premier League season for the Gunners.

Ozil arrived from Real Madrid on September 2nd last year for £42.5 million and started impressively under French coach Arsene Wenger but the 25-year-old came under fire from critics following Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at the Emirates to Lahm’s Bayern Munich side in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie.

"It's normal that there are ups and downs in your career," Lahm said.

"Mesut is an extraordinary player and for Real Madrid and in the beginning at Arsenal, he was excellent, so we don't need to worry about Mesut.”

"He'll find his top form again and I can't see any problems," he added.

Whilst Lahm may be expecting Ozil to find his form for Germany he’ll surely be hoping his compatriot doesn’t find his form in time for Arsenal’s trip to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the second leg this month.

Arsenal started the game against the European champions in a lively and committed fashion but following the dismissal of goalkeeper Wojceich Szczesny then ten men of Arsenal were on the back foot for the remainder of the game in the second half.

Ozil will surely be aware of his need to impress Germany coach Joachim Low for the remainder of this campaign with Arsenal to ensure he books his seat on the flight to Brazil for the World Cup this summer. Even given his struggles though, it would be a major shock to see him miss out.

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