Arsenal defender talks about bust up with Ozil

Published 2 Comments

Per Mertesacker has explained what happened during his bust-up with Mesut Ozil following Arsenal's 6-3 defeat against Manchester City earlier this month - and insists there are no hard feelings between them.

The German defender was seen berating his club and international colleague for failing to applaud the travelling Arsenal supporters after their heavy loss at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago.

Arsenal's record transfer, who joined the club from Real Madrid in the summer, took to Facebook to apologise to the fans for his actions soon afterwards.

Now Mertesacker has revealed that he had no issue with laying into Ozil because of their strong friendship, and says it is important to be honest with your team-mates.

“It can't just be all happiness, peace and pancakes,” the Germany international told Bild. “If it is then you won't develop as a team.

“The good thing is that Mesut and I know each other well from our time at (Werder) Bremen. We can be honest with each other.”

While the Gunners will look to further their title credentials with a win over in-form Newcastle today, on the horizon lurks their Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich.

Mertesacker insists Arsenal are not scared of the German giants, despite losing out to them at the same stage last season.

“It's a good draw,” he explained. “I still remember how paralysed Bayern were when we made it 2-0 (last season). We nearly toppled them then.”

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again