Arsenal manager Unai Emery has taken the decision to ban Joachim Löw from the club’s training ground as the Germany head coach looks to cool Mesut Özil’s feud with Die Mannschaft, according to reports.
Özil called time on his international career during the aftermath of the World Cup. The 29-year-old cited the fallout to his meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as one of the reasons behind his decision.
The Arsenal star was subject to foul abuse in the wake of his meeting, and Germany’s footballing world – from players to heads of the football association – have done very little to address Özil’s problems.
Löw and Oliver Bierhoff recently travelled to London in an attempt to sit down with the decorated midfielder at sort out their problems. However, Bild claim that the two were denied access upon arrival at London Colney following orders from Emery.
Jerome Boateng on Mesut Ozil’s Germany retirement to SZ: “Where were the players who thanked Mesut? Apparently, many did not dare to comment because they thought it would not appeal to the German fans.” #AFC #DFB #DieMannschaft
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) September 21, 2018
The chances of Özil reversing his decision appear to be growing ever slimmer with each statement that is released by a former colleague, or indeed members of the DFB.
So far, only a handful of high profile speakers have actually addressed Özil’s concerns, while others simply reject any notion of racism within the national team, something which the Arsenal midfielder never brought up in his original statement.
The Arsenal star can now keep his head down and focus on his domestic duties after Emery’s intervention. Özil has struggled to make an impact so far this season, but he should be fully fit this weekend as the midfielder is expected to sit out of the Carabao Cup match against Brentford.