Arsenal boss Emery denies Ozil training-ground row

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has denied midfielder Mesut Ozil missed Saturday’s Premier League victory over West Ham because of a row in training.

The Spaniard said Ozil, 29, was not in the squad for the 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium because he was ill.

ESPN Brazil reported that the German had an argument with Emery on Friday and refused to be in the squad after finding out he was on the bench.

“Why is this information out there? It isn’t true,” said Emery.

“He left training because he was going to his home because he is sick.”

Emery told Match of the Day that he sat down with Ozil and the team doctor on Friday and decided he would not play.

He said he told the player to attend the match if he was feeling better, adding that Ozil was “with the team” before the game but later left because of his illness.

“He is bad with sickness. There is no problem with the player. Speak with the doctor – he can explain better,” said Emery.

Issa Diop’s own goal and Danny Welbeck’s late strike helped an unconvincing Arsenal secure their first victory under Emery since the former Sevilla and Paris St-Germain boss succeeded Arsene Wenger in May.

Ozil, who started the defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea, quit international football after Germany exited the World Cup in the group stages, citing “racism and disrespect”.

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