Arsene Wenger's response when Mesut Ozil asked to miss training because his dogs were missing

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Arsene Wenger comes across as one of those old school managers.

The Frenchman probably has numerous rules and regulations in place for his players, with a severe punishment for anyone that steps out of line.

And that certainly applies to training.

In Mesut Ozil’s new autobiography ‘Gunning For Greatness’ the German has revealed that Wenger demands that all of his players report to the training ground half an hour early before training starts.

Ozil always follows this rule but, on one occasion, he was late.


Because his two pugs had gone missing at home.

The former Real Madrid star had spent the morning looking for them but with no success. He turned up to training late and asked Wenger if he could leave early to go back and look for them.

But, according to the Mirror, the Arsenal boss was in no mood to grant Ozil’s wishes.

“Your pugs will come back,” was his reply as he ushered Ozil back onto the pitch.


We’re not sure whether or not Ozil’s two pugs returned to home but we can only assume that they did or else the playmaker probably wouldn’t be too keen to share this little anecdote.

Elsewhere in his book, Ozil reveals a few more secrets about his manager such as the fact he makes a point to shake every single players’ hand every morning.

“In winter, he even takes off his gloves before shaking hands,” Ozil said.

And, in keeping with our theory that Wenger runs a very tight ship at Arsenal, Ozil explained how mobile phones are banned from the massage room with him saying: “Being at Arsenal is a bit like being at school.”

Cut your players some slack, Arsene.

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