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Mesut Ozil Rejects Nightclub Accusation After Late Germany Arrival from Arsenal

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 12:  Mesut Ozil of Germany during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group C match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 12, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2013

Mesut Ozil has rejected reports that suggested his late arrival to Germany’s training camp was due to an overzealous night out in London.

The Arsenal star was pictured dropping out of Boujis nightclub after the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, per Charles Perrin of the Express.

Ozil moved quickly to quash claims this impacted his training regime with Germany and suggested the visit wasn't behind his illness the next day, reported by Bild and via Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN:

It was already late when we returned from Manchester. I then went for food and drinks. But that had nothing to do with reporting ill with a flu the next day.

I felt totally fit in Manchester and went the full 90 minutes.

Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky missed the Old Trafford loss with a virus, as reported by James Orr of The Independent, suggesting Ozil’s flu came from within the Emirates club.

The German suffered his poorest game against United and failed to influence an Arsenal side that has exploded to the top of the Premier League since his arrival.

Arsene Wenger’s recent signing failed to get on the ball and received just 68 touches throughout the entire match—one lower than Santi Cazorla, who was subbed with 12 minutes to go—per WhoScored.com.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal is challenged by Barry Bannan, Joel Ward (2ndL) and Kagisho Dikgacoi of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 i
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This was a far cry from the player who has produced five assists and three goals in 12 games. Ozil was also quiet during the 2-0 win over Liverpool, suggesting there’s progress to come from the former Real Madrid player.

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez recently claimed his former star "couldn’t handle the pressure at Madrid," per Gary Jones of The Daily Star, despite the player’s excellent output for the La Liga side.

As noted in Uersfeld’s report, the Bernabeu club also rejected recent claims that Perez intentionally spread negative stories about Ozil to soften the blow of his departure from fans who wish he stayed in Spain.

The player remains the subject of increased speculation since his £42.5 million transfer to England. A tough international break throws up fixtures against Italy and England, two matches Joachim Low's side will absolutely want to win.

Ozil will likely have a huge say in whether Germany are successful.

Just like his immediate influence at Arsenal, the gifted individual possesses more than enough quality to win matches for either of his teams, as long as he can block the consistent prod of the media.  

 

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