We do not really know what goes on behind the scenes or in the thoughts of the manager at our own club Arsenal, no matter how much we may read about the goings on in north London, so we are bound to be even more in the dark about other teams, making my thoughts on Joachim Low and the Germany national team just educated guesswork.
The simple fact is that the Germany boss has left the Arsenal play maker Mesut Ozil out of his latest squad for the World Cup qualifying games against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan, Squawka.com has reported, explaining that his decision was based on the idea that Ozil would be better off recharging his batteries.
Low said, “With Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, I assume that they will be better rested during the international break.”
“This is more important to them at the moment. What is crucial to us is that our players are in peak condition next year.”
This is good news for Arsenal, as we also need Ozil in peak fitness for the Premier League season ahead. However, we also need an Ozil who is going to give his all and there have been suggestions from a few quarters that the German’s heart is not in it as he is set to leave when his contract runs out next summer.
So perhaps being dropped from the Germany squad gives Arsenal a double boost, as it reminds Ozil that he needs to be in form and not just fit to guarantee a place in Low’s squad and, more importantly, the starting line-up, for the World Cup in Russia.
So rest up Mesut, then get your finger out when Arsenal get back to action!