Mesut Ozil continues to divide opinion; only this time, it’s not just about his performances on the field.
The 29-year-old has been in the news in recent days following his decision to retire from international duty after being ridiculed by a section of the German media.
A picture of Ozil and Turkish president, Recep Erdogan surfaced before the World Cup, with criticism coming for the player for being pictured with a man that has been alleged to be responsible for genocide in his native country.
Ozil retiring has effects on how the Gunners shape up in the coming years. He has become a leader at the club after deciding to sign a new contract extension instead of leaving, as Alexis Sanchez did in January.
The attacking midfielder, will no longer be available for international selection, meaning that he has better time to recover in between matches of a gruelling campaign.
Given that he is approaching 30, where the demands of his body will start becoming more difficult to maintain, Ozil is one player that Arsenal needs to lead to a new era under Unai Emery. He will get summers off to rest, which will lead to more productive club displays when the season starts.
Although Ozil has undoubtedly had a glittering career, which includes major trophies with Real Madrid, he is also a player that needs to prove himself once again, and will need to be at his best to do that. Following the exit of Arsene Wenger at the end of last season, Emery needs to hit the ground running and Ozil will be a crucial part of his plans.
By retiring, there won’t be any other distractions for him, meaning he will channel his entire focus on making Arsenal great once again. Germany won’t find another like him.