Mesut Ozil's private life has been the subject of much sordid press speculation this week, with the Arsenal midfielder reportedly now having threatened legal action against one particular German newspaper.
According to the Mirror, an interview from BILD with former Bayern Munich defender Christian Lell led to claims regarding Ozil 'muscling in' on his relationship with Melanie Rickinger while he was still involved with former girlfriend Mandy Capristo.
Legal action possible
Understandably, such scurrilous and potentially harmful accusations have obviously not gone down well in Ozil's camp, with the German agent not ruling out the possibility of taking the issue further.
“We are not commenting on this. We will keep an eye on the situation, and take legal action if necessary," - Roland Eite
This particularly story has piled the misery on Ozil, with the former Real Madrid playmaker - who became Arsenal's record signing when he moved to the Emirates Stadium for £42.5 million last summer - having been ruled out of first-team action for three months with a knee ligament injury discovered during the course of a scan on international duty last week.
That problem was believed to be sustained during the Premier League loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Arsene Wenger has today defended his decision to allow Ozil to continue playing despite being informed by the team physio at half-time that he was feeling pain in that area.
"What happened was that at half-time, just before we went out, the physio told me Ozil has a little pain with his knee, but it is not bad,” the Arsenal manager was quoted by The Telegraph.
“He wanted to go on and I told him 'if you don't feel well, tell me and I will take you off straight away'. He never did that during the whole game, and after I left him on because we were in a position where we needed to score a goal and he can deliver the final ball."
Erratic form/Bayern interest
Prior to the injury, Ozil's form had been notably erratic and Wenger has continued to receive flak for persevering with his decision to deploy his star man on the left-hand side of midfield.
Bayern Munich have been linked with a possible January swoop for £30 million-rated Ozil as a result of his apparent unhappiness in that role, although it remains to be seen if that is anything other than mere speculation.