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According to reports, Mesut Ozil has been dropped from the German squad ahead of their world cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.
Manager Joachim Low has elected to take no chances with the playmaker over a recent knee problem and says he wants him in top condition by next summer,
The playmaker finds himself on the sidelines along with Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira as the World Cup winners aim to finalise their place at Russia 2018.
Ozil has been the subject of criticism so far this season, which is liable to be his last at the Emirates Stadium, where he is out of contract next June.
Indeed, it is this issue that has led to head coach Joachim Low leaving him out of the matches, despite the player being available to Wenger for Sunday’s match against Brighton.
Germany have not yet booked their place at the World Cup finals, though a point against Northern Ireland in Belfast would suffice.