- Mesut Ozil has been accused of not working hard enough for Arsenal
- The Gunners' Head of Football Raul Sanllehi claims other players work harder in training than the German
- The likes of Dani Ceballos, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have been preferred by Emery over Ozil
Arsenal midfield maestro Mesut Ozil has been slammed by the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi over his “failure to work hard”.
Ozil has been an isolated figure at the Emirates this season and it was initially believed that he was still recovery from a gun incident alongside team mate Sead Kolasinac.
However, with Ozil in full fitness, he is still not being handed games by manager Unai Emery and this has raised a lot of questions from fans.
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Sanllehi has however come out strongly to defend Emery’s choices by saying the Spaniard only selects players who work hard.
"Unai’s policy has always been to play the ones that work hard in training,” Sanllehi said as quoted by The Sun.
So far, Ozil has missed out on the matchday squad in Arsenal’s last three fixtures, and the trend looks set to continue.
“It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time...Unai can’t treat him differently than any other player,” he added.
English media reports have also suggested Emery is keen on offloading the 30-year-ol, who earns £350,000 a week, but no one knows why Unai Emery has kept him perpetually on the bench.
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The likes of loanee Dani Ceballos, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have all been preferred in midfield ahead of Ozil, who is poised for a move back to his native Turkey.
This, according to Sanllehi, was all down to who was giving more for the club at the training ground.
“You may have read that Unai has put a barrier up, but nothing at all like this has happened."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal in the January transfer window for Fenerbache, reports in Turkey claim.
The 30-year-old has been frozen out of the team this season by manager Unai Emery, making only one appearance across all competitions.
And according to Turkish news outlet Takvim, Super Lig giants Fenerbache are interested in taking the former German international on loan in January.
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