Ozil has opened up about being at the center of an attempted car-jacking and his explosive resignation from the Germany team following racist abuse.
The Arsenal midfielder with his wife Amine and his team-mate sead kolasinac were involved in a terrifying car-jacking on July 25, two weeks before Premier League season started. A footage on social media showed Bosnian defender Kolasinac chasing off two moped attackers, who were wearing helmets.
A man admitted in London court earlier this month to trying to rob Ozil and Kolasinac and will be sentenced in November.
“Sead’s reaction was really, really brave because he attacked one of the attackers, Ozil, 31, said in an interview with Athletic published on Thursday.
“The second one was in front of my car on his moped so I couldn’t drive. “We were newly wedded and I was scared about my wife. I was scared about Sead. I wasn’t thinking about myself. I was worried they were going to open my wife’s door and they tried, so I reached across her to keep it closed, my wife wanted to get away immediately, she said that she didn’t feel safe. Even if I let our dogs into the garden and went out with them she would say, come in, come in, stay in the house.” Said the ex-Germany International.
Which he added that his incident won’t make him to leave London and he plans to stay until his Arsenal contract expires in 2021.
He also opened up about his shock early retirement from international football following a disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign in which Germany fail to qualify from their group, claiming that he has seen as “a German when we win, but an immigrant when we lose.”
He even fell out of favour with German fans on eve of those finals by controversially posing for a picture with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“I don’t say people must love me, but just show respect about what I’ve done for Germany. My Generation changed German football. It became more fun to watch, but after the (Erdogan) photo, I felt disrespected and unprotected. I was receiving racist abuse—even from politicians and public figure— yet nobody from the national team came out and said, ‘Hey,stop. This is our player; you can’t insult him like that. Racism has always been there, but people used this situation as an excuse to let it out.”