According to Bild (€), Joachim Loew failed in an attempt to meet Mesut Ozil in person on Monday to discuss the midfielder’s decision to quit international football.
Germany’s head coach travelled to London along with assistant Oliver Bierhoff to attend FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Awards and apparently decided he’d kill two birds with one stone by dropping in on the Arsenal training ground for a sit down with the 29-year-old.
Depending on how hyperbolic you like your tabloid headlines, Loew was either refused entry to London Colney by Unai Emery (?), told he couldn’t speak to Ozil by Emery (?), or deliberately avoided by Ozil and instead had to make do with a chat with compatriots Shkodran Mustafi, Bernd Leno and Per Mertesacker.
Of those three scenarios, it’s fair to say the latter is most likely. The only reason we can think Emery would prevent Loew from talking to Ozil – a version of events relayed by the Daily Star – is underlying concerns about the renowned bum sniffer’s personal hygiene issues; something of a danger around a player so regularly under the weather.
In the aftermath of the ‘incident’ Bierhoff reportedly told Bild: “We would have liked to talk to Mesut, but we have to accept that he doesn’t want to speak with us right now.”
Whatever happened, it seems the rift between Ozil and the DFB runs very deep, deeper than we might have imagined, and even a close personal relationship with Loew is not something our star man wants to rescue.
As you’ll recall, the former Real Madrid star called time on his involvement with Germany after the World Cup citing “racism and disrespect” he faced in his home country over his Turkish roots
On the plus side for Arsenal, it does mean Ozil’s sole focus is on domestic football. The Gunners play Brentford this evening, no doubt Emery will be quizzed on the above in his post-match press conference.