German is a doubt for his country’s trip to Wembley with flu.
Arsenal midfield player Mesut Ozil has strongly denied that his late arrival at the German national training camp this week had anything to do whatsoever with his visit to a top London nightclub last Sunday night, according to reports on ESPN.co.uk.
The Germany international was pictured leaving Boujis in the early hours of Monday morning following the north London club’s 1-0 loss to Premier league champions Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Ozil then turned up late for training with his national team on Wednesday, before then going down with the same flu bug that ruled team-mate and compatriot Per Mertesacker out of the Gunners’ key loss at the Theatre of Dreams.
However Ozil, who as a result is now thought to be doubtful for Germany’s friendly international with Italy on Friday night and possibly too their much-anticipated contest with arch-rivals England at Wembley too, has since refuted claims that the two incidents are connected in any way.
“It was already late when we returned from Manchester. I then went for food and drinks,” Ozil told German sports daily Bild. “But that had nothing to do with reporting ill with a flu the next day. I felt totally fit in Manchester and went the full 90 minutes.”
Ozil, 25, has been in blistering form so far this season for his new club since moving to the Emirates from Spanish giants Real Madrid on transfer deadline day for a club-record fee of £42.4 million, contributing three goals and six assists already.