Mesut Ozil believes that opponents will want to avoid Germany at this summer’s World Cup.

The Arsenal playmaker is part of a strong squad that has been tipped as one of the favourites for the tournament in Brazil.

Ozil credits manager Joachim Low for turning Germany into such a force, and is confident they can lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.

Wherever we go, I think opponents are reluctant to play us because we are very strong

Mesut Ozil

“He's introduced a totally new German national team - one that is really respected all over the world,” Ozil told Arsenal Player.

“Wherever we go, I think opponents are reluctant to play us because we are very strong. If you look at the German team over the last couple of years, you can see that we have continuously played excellent football.

“In the past, the national team was seen as being strong and now the whole world knows that we belong among the most technically-gifted sides in the world.

“That we always qualify early shows the quality we have in the team and shows that we have a great manager in our ranks who has strengthened the team and has developed something new.

“[Joachim Low] is one of the best in the world and we're happy to have him around the team. I hope he will finally be rewarded because in the past we've lost in the semi-finals or final and to lose when you are so close is always sad.

“I hope that he can hold the World Cup in his hands and say 'we've won this as a team' because he really deserves that.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 11 Jun 2014