LONDON. — Arsenal manager Unai Emery denied reports of a rift with Mesut Ozil after the ill German star missed Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Ham.
It was claimed Ozil stormed away from Arsenal’s training ground on Friday after Emery told the midfielder he wouldn’t start against West Ham.
The 29-year-old was replaced in the Arsenal starting line-up by Aaron Ramsey for the London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
But after Arsenal came from behind to secure his first English Premier League victory, Emery insisted Ozil had been struggling with a cold that meant he wasn’t well enough to train or face West Ham.
“Maybe in English it’s difficult to explain. That information isn’t true. I don’t know who started this, he was sick yesterday,” Emery said when asked if he had fallen out with Ozil.
“He spoke with me and we decided he would not to play. — AFP.