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Özil not in German squad for November internationals

Maybe there’s something to this “resting players” thing

Germany v Northern Ireland - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images

Mesut Özil will be getting a well-deserved rest as Jogi Low has opted to leave him off the German team for this month’s international fixtures.

There’s no doubt Özil has been in fine form lately, tallying seven goals in all competitions for Arsenal, just behind Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott (both on eight goals).

But Low has decided the midfielder’s services won’t be needed for a World Cup qualifier against the mighty San Marino and a friendly against Italy. That’s the kind of thinking Arsene Wenger can get behind.

“I think that would be an intelligent decision and I would welcome the decision,” he said on Thursday.

The announcement comes as a welcome boost, with the international break falling between the North London Derby and a trip to Old Trafford. A well-rested Özil should be a valuable asset in Wenger’s attempt to make Jose Mourinho cry like a small child in Manchester.

Or maybe that’s just what I’m hoping to get out of the game, either way.