Our German playmaker Mesut Özil is once again a target for the media, with the 26-year-old blasted for flying to Berlin after being ruled out of our Premier League clash with Newcastle due to illness.
It has now been revealed that he was cleared by Arsenal to make the trip to his homeland however, and that he has done nothing wrong by returning to Germany ahead of the international break, as reported by ESPN.
The World Cup winner will join up with his national side for the upcoming games, but will face no disciplinary action when he returns to the Emirates.
There have been rumours that he was out partying, but nothing has yet been confirmed.
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Germany boss Joachim Löw revealed that there was nothing untoward about Özil’s trip to the capital, and that it had all been agreed beforehand – although he admitted that he knew nothing about whether the former Real Madrid star had been partying.
“It’s anyone’s guess whether he was partying or not,” Löw said.
“He has told me that he was in Berlin. I spoke to him and he said that he was weakened by a cold during last week and so Arsene Wenger and Özil together took the decision to not play him at the weekend. After the match, he was allowed to fly to Berlin.”
Özil is the media’s favourite plaything at the moment, and whatever he does he seems to be their main target for criticism.
Our record signing’s trip home didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, and it’s unclear why so much has been made of it.
Let’s just hope the £42.5m man gets through the international break unscathed, as he could prove vital to any success we are hoping to have during the tail end of the season.