Arsenal boss Unai Emery has insisted Mesut Ozil’s international retirement could benefit the club after Arsene Wenger declared he could lose motivation.
The 2014 World Cup winner called time on his Germany career following their poor showing in Russia after being a made a scapegoat as they crashed out at the group stages.
But Wenger has urged Joachim Low to convince Ozil to return to the national team, claiming his country needs him.
Speaking to Bild, he said: “I believe that Germany needs Ozil. I hope that Low can convince him that he will come back.
“Ozil is a super football player and was not the worst in the World Cup. I did not like that he left the team.
“A little bit of motivation disappears when you know that you do not have to be ready for the World Cup and European Championship.
“I love it when the player is as good as possible. If he does not play on an international level, a bit is lost.”
But that isn’t the opinion shared by Spaniard Emery, who believes that Ozil’s time off will result in him developing as a player.
He said: “International breaks are not easy if you have to play two matches.
“When players stop this, maybe it can help them focus more for us, with training and improving things.