Mesut Ozil hits back at nightclub criticism

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Arsenal's £42.4m man Mesut Ozil has insisted that his current bout of flu has nothing to do with a late-night trip to a London bar last weekend, as he bids to find full fitness after reporting for international duty with Germany yesterday.

Ozil was thought to be one of the players struck down by a stomach infection ahead of Arsenal's clash with Manchester United last Sunday, but still played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on a difficult afternoon for the Gunners.

The 25-year-old was then snapped leaving Boujis nightclub in South Kensington in the early hours of Monday morning according to the Daily Express, before being ruled doubtful for German's friendly against Italy on Friday with a flu virus.

After joining his Germany colleagues last night Ozil is adamant that he expects to be fit to face both Italy and England in a friendly-double header, while also rejecting suggestions that his brush with London nightlife contributed to being laid low by flu earlier this week.

He told Bild: "We were late back from Manchester, then I went to eat and drink something.

"But that had nothing to do with the fact that I had to sign off on the next day with flu. I felt in the game against Manchester still totally fit and played for 90 minutes."

Gunners star Ozil had arguably his quietist game in the Premier League on Sunday since completing his club-record switch from Real Madrid on transfer-deadline day, after making a seamless transition to life at the Emirates Stadium over the last two months.

Germany boss Joachim Low allowed Ozil extra time to recover from the illness this week, with the playmaker and Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker both now targeting a starting berth in next Tuesday's showpiece friendly against England at Wembley Stadium.

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