Mesut Ozil & Recep Tayyip Erdogan
One of the big stories of the summer in Germany has centred on Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
Ozil, together with Man City’s Ilkay Gundogan are still under fire from some quarters of the German public. That’s because the footballers met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.
Some are now calling for Ozil and Gundogan to be dropped from the national team.
Mesut Ozil breaks silence
On Sunday Ozil has finally addressed the issue on social media.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Ozil’s post is that he says he’d meet President Erdogan again.
Ozil has refused to apologise for his actions. Instead he’s doubled down, explaining how his Turkish heritage meant that he had to meet with the Turkish President.
Ozil has argued that the meeting wasn’t about politics.
Will the German public agree with the Arsenal star?
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— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018
Germany’s World Cup debacle
2018 is the first time that Germany have ever been knocked out a World Cup in the group phase.
The Germans were pooled in a group with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.
Of course, 2014 world champions Germany, along with Brazil, were the pre-tournament favourites to win the trophy.
It’s since been confirmed that Jogi Low will stay on as the German national team manager despite Die Mannschaft’s humiliation a the 2018 World Cup.
Prior to the World Cup, Low agreed a new contract to be Germany’s coach until 2022.