Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hold a face-to-face meeting with the club’s record signing Mesut Ozil after he was spotted in a Berlin nightclub hours after missing the Gunners’ Premier League win over Newcastle through illness.
The Germany international, ahead of Wednesday’s international friendly against Australia, was seen at ‘The Pearl’ nightclub alongside his marketing staff, according to Bild.
And now, according to the Daily Mail and others, Wenger will organise a formal meeting with the 26-year-old to remind him of his responsibilities.
Ozil has acted unprofessionally
Wenger gave Ozil permission to fly back to Germany, under the impression that his player would rest and recuperate in preparation for his national team’s next fixture.
But his decision to visit a nightclub on the same evening is quite clearly an act of unprofessionalism - and both Wenger and the Arsenal fans have every right to expect better from the former Real Madrid star.
Yet to hear Ozil's side of the story
We have yet to hear Ozil’s side of the story and it’s quite possible that the £42.4 million playmaker felt obliged to visit the nightclub, alongside his marketing staff, despite feeling under the weather.
But Arsenal’s match against Newcastle was a key fixture for the Gunners, and Ozil is fortunate that his employers secured all three points at St James’ Park thanks to a brace from Olivier Giroud.
Had they taken a point from the match, or even suffered defeat, this would now be a much bigger story - but one presumes Ozil might have avoided the trip to the nightclub had Arsenal lost.
Wenger needs to get a grip of his players
Wenger must ensure that he gets to grips with the increasing levels of unprofessionalism seeping into the Arsenal dressing room.
The veteran French coach has been forced to take action against Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere for smoking incidents this season, but Ozil’s decision to visit a nightclub hours after being declared unfit to play a Premier League fixture is even more serious and concerning for the Arsenal manager.
Despite this latest incident, it’s understood that Ozil is likely to start in Arsenal’s first match after the international break against Liverpool on April 4.
The attacking midfielder is currently in the process of silencing his critics following a difficult first 18 months at the Emirates Stadium and deservedly picked up the club’s Player of the Month award for February following a string of impressive performances in the Premier League.
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