The Playmaker was absent against West Ham United on Saturday
Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £42.5 million, signing a five-year deal in 2013. He has been a mainstay in the midfield since joining the club and has won 3 FA Cups.
The 29 year old has had a difficult summer after feeling persecuted for Germany’s early exit from the World Cup where his meeting with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was cited as a reason for the poor performances.
He even decided to retire from International football and was criticized by several senior officials in the German Football Association.
The playmaker featured in both the club’s opening Premier League games against Chelsea and Manchester City. They lost both the matches as struggled to make any impact.
The German was surprisingly left out of the squad against West Ham United as the London Outfit won their first match of this season. Rumours emerged that he had a training ground row with manager Unai Emery and that was the reason of his absence from the squad.
However, the Spaniard dismissed the speculations and claimed the player missed the game due to illness.
Arsenal urged by The Mirror‘s Andy Dunn to not freeze out Ozil as they don’t have enough quality players.
“You can’t get around the fact there are hierarchies in dressing rooms, and he’s Arsenal’s marquee player,” Dunn said on Sunday Supplement as quoted by Sky Sports. “If you’ve got a player of that talent, sometimes your job within the club is to get the best out of that talent, so you can cover for Mesut Ozil.
“That’s what being a team is all about, it’s what other players in that team recognise. They are there not just to facilitate him, but to get the best out of him. I think Arsenal have not got anywhere near enough quality players to afford to have their highest-quality player frozen out. The Arsenal week has rotated around whether he’ll drop Ozil, can he fit into the intense style of play, that’s dominated things. Then he gets sick on Friday – you can look at that as a coincidence. But then Emery says he’s come to the game, left training ill on Friday but was at the game and in the dressing room on Saturday. If a player’s ill, why would you be invited to the game?”
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