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Ozil can handle the criticism - Low

ESPN staff
February 26, 2014
Mesut Ozil missed a crucial penalty against Bayern Munich last week © Getty Images

Germany boss Joachim Low has backed Mesut Ozil to overcome his Arsenal issues both on and off the pitch and prove his critics wrong.

Ozil's recent performances for Arsenal have come under scrutiny, having failed to score since December 8. He missed a crucial penalty in the club's 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat to Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium last week.

He was also thought to have been questioned over allegations the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a photographer in North London last Friday night.

"If you're playing at Real Madrid or Arsenal, you have to live with criticism when it isn't going well. Mesut can do that very well indeed," Low told SportBild.

Low insisted Ozil, who was voted national team player of the year by the German public in 2013, remains a key player in his World Cup plans having "been decisive in important qualifying games".

"I'm counting on Mesut [for Brazil], because I know that he wants success in tournaments. He's shown that in the past," Low added.

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