The pair shared a dressing room at each Werder Bremen and Arsenal and additionally gained the World Cup collectively with the German nationwide staff in 2014.
Back in December 2013, Mertesacker famously clashed with Ozil because the midfielder headed straight for the tunnel following Arsenal’s 6-Three thumping at the arms of Manchester City within the Premier League.
Ozil’s laissez-faire angle has usually left Arsenal followers exasperated down the years and Mertesacker understands supporters’ frustrations with their No.10.
However, the previous centre-back, now supervisor of Arsenal’s academy, believes the playmaker is a ‘genius’ who can produce ‘magic moments’ from nothing.
‘First of all he loves playing football. It doesn’t come throughout so usually,’ Mertesacker mentioned forward of the launch of his e-book ‘The Big Friendly German’.
‘He is a genius by way of what he can produce with the ball, you’ll be able to see that in each coaching session.
‘Once he gets the ball, he’s rested. He thinks he is taking part in within the park. He can ship the ball that nobody else can ship. He has received that magical sense.
‘But he will not be the type of guy who approaches individuals and says, “You need to do this, that and that”.
‘He’s a special character and generally I struggled with that.
‘When I approached him and mentioned “this is not what we do here”, I assumed that sticks with us longer. For him it’s: “No, that’s OK, I accept that we move forward”. I was actually p*****, for days and weeks.
‘But he relaxes in those moments and he is fine with it. He delivers magic moments for us and also moments where you thought he can go to another level.’
Mertesacker has revealed he felt ‘almost responsible’ for the criticism Arsene Wenger obtained in direction of the top of his tenure at Arsenal.
‘I think that connection got lost, definitely,’ the ex-Germany defender added.
‘It was difficult. You feel almost responsible. Responsible for the lack of success and probably that Wenger might have to leave at some stage because we’re not delivering what everybody desires.
‘I all the time felt actually, actually dangerous when a supervisor was sacked.
‘I was fortunate to play under Thomas Schaaf at Bremen. And I played for Arsene Wenger. So I always felt, let’s say extra accountable than others in direction of the supervisor and his succession.
‘And you may virtually really feel that day would come someday, as a result of the expectations have been totally different – we would have liked to come back again and compete for Premier League titles, not for FA Cups. So that shift was… you may virtually really feel it was coming.
‘You really want to build the best connection between players and fans, so everyone feels this is the best club. A culture where everyone trusts each other, that we can be world class again.’