Arsenal coach Unai Emery is adamant that reports claiming he and Mesut Ozil do not get on are false and saluted the German’s focus following international retirement.
Prior to the international break, stories began to circulate suggesting Ozil and his coach had fallen out after the midfielder was left out of the squad for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham.
Ozil returned to Arsenal’s starting XI in their next outing, a thrilling 3-2 triumph at Cardiff City, but reports about a supposed tense relationship were not put to bed.
So, at his news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United, Emery looked to end all the speculation, insisting his relationship with Ozil is fine.
“[We get on] very well,” said the Spaniard.
“Here [at a media day] for me it isn’t for 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.
“Also, I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman]: ‘don’t put water on the pitch’ – it’s not true.”