Mesut Özil is Germany's playmaker. But his photo shoot with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backfired. Can he silence his critics at the World Cup?
Two men have been charged with a public order offense connected to an attack on Arsenal footballers Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac, say British police. The pair were withdrawn from the club's opening league fixture.
Former Germany national team player Mesut Özil had dinner in Istanbul with Turkish President Erdogan. Özil has addressed the disrespect and discrimination he faced from the German public and German Football Association.
Arsenal said the duo would not play in the squad's first Premier League match, citing the players' safety following "further security incidents." This follows a carjacking attempt fended off by Kolasinac two weeks ago.
After the furore surrounding his decision to quit the national team, Mesut Özil sought solace at his club, Arsenal. But right now, he can't even get a game. With critics piling on, what's next for the divisive playmaker?
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