The Daily Mail has reported that Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil were involved in a bust-up following their side’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
Captain for the day, Mertesacker was unhappy with Ozil’s choice not to applaud the Arsenal fan’s who made the trip to support their side after the final whistle.
The big defender was seen storming over towards Ozil before aggressively raising a finger towards his face.
After the spat, Mertesacker threw his shirt into the crowd as a mark of respect for the Arsenal supporters.
Ozil’s decision to not show his appreciation is likely to have come through frustration after the 25-year-old gave what was probably his worst performance for the Gunners since joining from Real Madrid during the opening weeks of the season.
Later than day, Ozil made a public apology to his fans from his Facebook page.
“Sorry I didn’t thank the fans at the end of the game! You have been brilliant to me and I know you had travelled a long way and spent your money to support us. I was upset with the result and know I should have come to say ‘thank you’ and I know it is a big Arsenal tradition win, lose or draw,” Ozil posted on the social networking website.
When asked about the incident, manager Arsene Wenger simply laughed it off.
“The Germans will sort that out between themselves, don’t worry,” Wenger told journalists.
Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League table has been cut to just two points following what was their third loss of the season.
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