When Alexis Sanchez abandoned Arsenal to join Manchester United in January, it gave Mesut Ozil, rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, the chance to step up and be the main man.
There has never been any doubt over the playmaker’s quality, but his commitment and influence on the pitch has come under question in recent seasons.
It is frequently noted that Ozil goes missing in big games, and that can certainly be said for Germany’s World Cup campaign.
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It should not just be limited to the Arsenal star, though, as Joachim Low’s team fell well below expectation.
The 2014 world champions were labelled as one of the favourites heading to Russia, but they stunned the globe by finishing bottom of their group.
Ozil came under fire before the tournament even began for being photographed alongside Turkey president Tayyip Erdogan.
At an event in June, the Arsenal midfielder, as well as Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, posed with the politician, whose views are not warmly welcomed in Germany.
According to Sky Sports’ assistant news editor Hush Kerai, Ozil, who is of Turkish descent, is not expected to represent his country competitively again due to his meeting with Erdogan.
— Hush Kerai (@HushKerai) July 9, 2018
The midfielder has not always escaped criticism from Arsenal fans, but on this occasion, plenty stood up for the disgraced star.