Per Mertesacker has explained what happened during his bust-up with Mesut Ozil following Arsenal's 6-3 defeat against Manchester City earlier this month - and insists there are no hard feelings between them.
The German defender was seen berating his club and international colleague for failing to applaud the travelling Arsenal supporters after their heavy loss at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago.
Arsenal's record transfer, who joined the club from Real Madrid in the summer, took to Facebook to apologise to the fans for his actions soon afterwards.
Now Mertesacker has revealed that he had no issue with laying into Ozil because of their strong friendship, and says it is important to be honest with your team-mates.
“It can't just be all happiness, peace and pancakes,” the Germany international told Bild. “If it is then you won't develop as a team.
“The good thing is that Mesut and I know each other well from our time at (Werder) Bremen. We can be honest with each other.”
While the Gunners will look to further their title credentials with a win over in-form Newcastle today, on the horizon lurks their Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich.
Mertesacker insists Arsenal are not scared of the German giants, despite losing out to them at the same stage last season.
“It's a good draw,” he explained. “I still remember how paralysed Bayern were when we made it 2-0 (last season). We nearly toppled them then.”
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