Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Ozil sale 'incomprehensible' - Low

Joachim Low believes Mesut Ozil, pictured, will fit in well at Arsenal

Germany coach Joachim Low has criticised Real Madrid for selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal but he feels the attacking midfielder will benefit from the move.

Ozil joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day, claiming he felt Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had more faith in him that Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

His Germany team-mate Sami Khedira said he regretted his club's decision to sell the 24-year-old and Low has echoed his sentiments by questioning Madrid's decision.

"Many Real players like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo are sad about the transfer," he said at a press conference.

"For me, it's incomprehensible that Real would sell one of their top scorers."

While disagreeing with the move, which he would not have sanctioned had he been coach of the Merengues, Low said he fully understood why Ozil accepted a move to the Premier League.

Low also believes a change of scenery would probably benefit the midfielder.

"Mesut is a sensitive player and he needs the faith from the club and the coach," said Low.

"It seems that was not longer 100% there at Real whereas Arsenal and their coach Arsene Wenger pulled out all the stops to get him.

"He has a top coach there and, with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, he has two German colleagues.

"Arsenal are a strong team who play technically high-quality football."

The transfer has not affected Ozil in his preparation for Germany's World Cup qualifier against Austria on Friday night, though, with Low saying he "looks perfectly happy and satisfied. He is fully focused".

Low is also focused on picking up a win which would push the door to qualification for the World Cup open.

Germany lead Austria by five points in Group C with four games still to be played, but Low knows the clash in Munich's Allianz Arena will not be a walk in the park.

"We were lucky the last time we played them," he said.

"We know that they have taken a step forwards and Austria are serious opponents. Nobody will under-estimate this very strong team."

With Ilkay Gundogan and Bastian Schweinsteiger both injured, Khedira "has got to give the commands" on the field, according to Low.

"Either (Lars) Bender or Toni Kroos will play alongside Khedira, but I haven't decided who yet."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre