Unai Emery has dispelled rumours of a rift with Mesut Ozil following Arsenal’s 3-1 win against West Ham on Saturday.
Ozil missed the London derby, with Arsenal revealing before the match that he was ill, but reports started to emerge during Saturday’s game that the German had left training early on Friday following a row with Emery.
The report, issued by ESPN, was put to Emery during his post-match press conference at the Emirates and Arsenal’s head coach was quick to deny them.
When asked to clarify claims about Ozil leaving the training ground angrily after being told he was being left out of the team.
Emery said: “It isn’t true, that information.
“I don’t know who started telling you or telling us this information. If you ask me, the doctor, or the club.
“He was sick yesterday. He spoke to the doctor and with me and decided not to play today.
“He left training because he was going home because he was sick.
The former Sevilla boss went further to insist the midfielder was ill.
“He was sick. Today he was here. [Yesterday] he left for his house, and I said come if you feel better and he felt better today.
“Before the match, he was with the team and with me. I don’t know how I can explain in English. He’s bad with sick (translator – he has a cold).
“There is no problem with the player. This isn’t true this information. Ask the doctor; he can explain better. It’s straightforward.”