Oliver Bierhoff has enjoyed a near flawless time as Germany's national team general manager, until the team slipped out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stage, and Mesut Ozil's father has criticised become the latest to criticise the former striker.
Ozil, 29, has come in for hefty criticism in Germany after the World Champions crashed out in Russian Federation, finishing bottom of their group. The 29-year-old Arsenal midfielder has received some hefty criticism for his performances and his meeting with Turkey's president Recep Erdogan.
Bierhoff says he and head coach Joachim Loew should have seriously considered leaving Ozil out of the final squad for Russian Federation. In Mesut's place, I would step down. In my opinion, it is aimed at saving one's own skin.
Both players are of Turkish descent, and were pictured presenting Erdogan with shirts from their respective club teams, Arsenal and Manchester City. Grindel said the player's service to the national team should allow him some leeway from fans.
Ozil senior said that Mesut was being made a scapegoat for Germany's failures in Russian Federation.
"We have to wait for the athletic analysis and see if Joachim Low continues to plan with him", he said. I can understand if he feels insulted. The photographs also unleashed a storm of criticism from lawmakers across Germany's political spectrum.and the country's football federation, all of whom argued that Erdogan does not sufficiently respect German values."I think the fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the photos did not bother the team but the debate was ongoing".
Ozil has still not commented, however, which is something DFB chief Reinhard Grindel says needs to be rectified.
"The hurt has grown too strong".
Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger explained: 'I know Ozil well, he is a fantastic, exceptional footballer but him and [Ilkay] Gundogan suffered from what happened before the World Cup. He said the team management take that feeling of alienation "very seriously".