‘He’s a well-marketed product whose image is a lot better than he is…it’s a miracle he’s now captain at Arsenal’: Uli Hoeness hits out at Mesut Ozil and reiterates belief midfielder didn’t deserve to go to the World Cup
- Uli Hoeness has slammed Mesut Ozil to keep the World Cup fallout rumbling on
- Ozil retired after World Cup, suggesting he faced racism for his Turkish roots
- Since then, Unai Emery made the playmaker one of his five captains at Arsenal
- Ozil will be looking to keep his doubters quiet when Arsenal take on West Ham
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has slammed Mesut Ozil, claiming his ‘image is a lot better than he is’ at football.
However, his rant about the German playmaker didn’t stop there, the 66-year-old going on to admit his disbelief that Unai Emery picked him as one of his five Arsenal captains, along with Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.
Hoeness’s latest comments only serve to prolong the row that has seen Ozil quit international football following Germany‘s disastrous World Cup campaign.
Mesut Ozil has once been slammed by Uli Hoeness following Germany’s World Cup fallout
MESUT OZIL’S CAREER FOR GERMANY
Debut – February 11, 2009 vs Norway
Last game – June 27, 2018 vs South Korea
Overall appearances – 92
Goals – 23
Assists – 40
Honours – 2014 World Cup
The 29-year-old suggested that he had faced racism for his Turkish roots and claimed he was turned into ‘political propaganda’ after he was pictured alongside controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ozil came in for heavy criticism after Germany’s humiliating first-round departure in Russia – their worst World Cup performance in 80 years.
And Hoeness, who claimed last month that Ozil hadn’t won a single ‘duel’ on the pitch since before the 2014 World Cup, has once again slammed the Arsenal star, insisting he should have issued an apology after meeting up with Erdogan.
‘We would have been spared the whole theatre,’ Hoeness told Sky Sport Germany.
‘Ozil should have been forced to make a statement. But leaving that without explanation was probably the biggest mistake ever.
Hoeness claims the German is a ‘well-marketed product whose image is a lot better than he is’
Ozil with Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London back in May, which caused plenty of controversy
‘I’ve been watching the player for a long time and he’s a well-marketed product whose image is a lot better than he is, which is the only big blame for me.
‘Had [Germany coach Joachim] Low gone to Arsenal more often in London and looked at him properly, he probably would not have taken him for sporting reasons.
‘It is a miracle that he is now captain at Arsenal.’
Hoeness’ latest comments came after Ozil was substituted by Emery against Stamford Bridge at Chelsea, with the scoreline still firmly in the balance at 2-2.
Ozil will be hoping to keep his doubters quiet when the Gunners take on West Ham at home in the Premier League on Saturday, still looking for their first points of the campaign.
Ozil was made one of Germany’s scapegoats after they exited the World Cup at group stage