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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil: Germany will miss Schweinsteiger

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has paid tribute to Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger said farewell to German fans in last night's final international against Finland.

He shared the field with Ozil on Wednesday and the Arsenal forward paid tribute to a man he says he will miss when he reports for international duty in future.

"We're all sad," Ozil said. "We know he's a great lad and a great footballer who's given a great deal for his country and you can see how grateful the fans are to have had a player like him.

"We're all delighted to have been able to play with him, and we're very proud of him.

"Of course we will miss him. He and Lukas Podolski, who we mustn't forget either, had a great deal of positive energy all the time."

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