Truth amid claims Emery banned Loew from talking to Ozil at Arsenal
Sensational claims have emerged that Joachim Loew was banned from speaking to Mesut Ozil at Arsenal’s training ground by Unai Emery.
German media has reported that Loew and Oliver Bierhoff flew to Arsenal’s London Colney base for showdown talks with Ozil, who retired from international duty shortly after Die Mannschaft crashed out of this summer’s World Cup.
Ozil, who was heavily criticised for posing for a picture alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the finals, posted three statements to social media in which he outlined his decision to quit.
The Gunners midfielder hit out at the racism he had suffered, and accused the German media of making him the scapegoat for the country’s failings in Russia.
Mirror Sport understands that Loew wasn’t banned from talking to Ozil by Emery, however, and that the Germany boss actually jetted in to speak to Per Mertesacker.
Ozil wasn’t at London Colney at the time of the visit, which is why the pair were unable to meet up for a chat.
Loew recently accused Ozil of "exaggerating" claims of racism.
The German also said Ozil refused to return phone calls or answer messages after the Arsenal midfielder retired from international football.
"The player has not called me. In the past that was the case when players retired [from the national team]," said Loew.
"Mesut decided on a different path. I repeatedly tried reaching him via message or phone but that was not possible. I have to accept that."
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