Interview

‘Ozil felt my pain and came to me with respect’

Mesut Ozil and David Luiz, 2014

It was at one of the lowest ebbs of his professional career that David Luiz found out all about Mesut Ozil's character.

It came after the full-time whistle in the 2014 World Cup semi-final, which left our centre back distraught after Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany.

But rather than celebrate, Ozil came over to commiserate with his opponents in a moment that left a deep impression on David Luiz.

"I think these quiet moments happen in life, and they are natural moments," the Brazilian told Arsenal Player. "He felt my pain and he came to me with respect and shook my hand, and tried to console me after losing a game. 

"This is a natural action, and a great action from him as a person and as a human being. I have a lot of respect for him and remember him in a positive way.
 
"He showed he is humble and he can see different things in different moments because normally when you win a big game, you just think about celebrating and being with your team. 

"But he had the vision in a deep way, where he was trying to put himself in my place and that is why he had this great action."