Unai Emery opens up on his relationship with Mesut Ozil

There have been reports of bust up between the pair

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 Germany International featured regularly for the Gunners last season,  scoring 4 goals and providing 8 assists in 26 Premier League appearances. However, the club finished 6th in the league and will miss the Champions League in the upcoming season.

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 but was dropped against West Ham United in the following game. However, he returned to the starting line up against Cardiif City.

There have been reports of bust up between between him and the manager Unai Emery and that was the reason he was dropped. Though the Spaniard later claimed that the player missed the game due to illness.

The manager has again insisted that there in no rift between him and the German player as he enjoyed a relaxing three days with him in training after the player’s retirement from international football.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s game against Newcastle this weekend, the 46 year old said as quoted by Sky Sports: “[We get on] very well. Here for me it isn’t for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us.

“I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.”

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