Arsene Wenger fears Mesut Ozil’s international retirement could hit the German’s domestic form in the long-term.
The Frenchman, who signed the midfielder for Arsenal in 2013 and then rewarded him with a huge pay increase in January, fears the player could miss motivation that comes from playing for a place in a World Cup or European Championship squad.
Ozil quit playing for Germany claiming he was subjected to unfair discrimination following a photographed meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and that he was made a scapegoat for Die Mannschaft’s poor performance at the World Cup, particularly by Reinhard Grindel, the president of the DFB.
“A small bit of motivation disappears when you know that you don’t have to be ready for a World Cup, a European Championship.
“I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level.”
Ozil has so far refused to meet with Germany boss Joachim Loew to discuss the situation. His coach, who is under severe pressure following four defeats on the bounce, believes his former charge has closed the door on a return, but who knows what might happen in the future.
“I believe that Germany needs Özil,” said Wenger. “I hope that Loew can convince him that he will come back.”
Wenger also touched on his own future, hinting he could make a return to work in January having enjoyed his time off.
“I believe that [I’ll] start again on January 1,” he said. “I don’t know yet [where I’m headed]. I am rested, and I am ready to work again.
He added: “There are associations, national teams; it could be also [in] Japan.
“Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”