Germany coach Joachim Low has added his voice to the bemused chorus regarding Mesut Ozil’s departure from Real Madrid.
While he believes Ozil, and in turn the German national team, may actually prosper as a result of his deadline day transfer to Arsenal, Low says Real’s decision to sell the playmaker is “incomprehensible.”
Even Real Madrid’s opponents have expressed their shock that Ozil was sold. And the now coach under whom he has blossomed on the international stage has pointed that out that Ozil’s own former team-mates are hurt by his sale, and he has wondered at its logic.
"Many Real players like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo are sad about the transfer," he said.
"For me, it's incomprehensible that Real would sell one of their top scorers."
Ozil pointed out that he felt undermined by Madrid when it became clear he was considered surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.
As a result, Low believes the player could now come back stronger, having been embraced and given centre stage by Arsenal.
"Mesut is a sensitive player and he needs the faith from the club and the coach," said Low.
"It seems that was no longer 100% there at Real whereas Arsenal and their coach Arsene Wenger pulled out all the stops to get him.
"He has a top coach there and, with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, he has two German colleagues. Arsenal are a strong team who play technically high-quality football."