- Published on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:00
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil could leave the club during the summer amid rumours of a new row with manager Arsene Wenger, this time regarding his joining Germany's national team for the upcoming international friendly against England.
As reported by The Sun's John Hutchinson, the midfielder missed out on the 3-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League with a hamstring injury. According to the report, Ozil himself made the decision not to play, walking off the training pitch.
Despite the injury concerns, he plans on joining the German national team for Wednesday's friendly in Dortmund, per ESPN FC's Mattias Karen:
Ozil's decision not to participate in the match against West Brom but make himself available for international duty did not sit well with Wenger, per Hutchinson's report.
The relationship between the two has come under extensive scrutiny, as contract negotiations between Ozil and the club have dragged on for months. According to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, Bayern Munich would like to take advantage of his difficult contract situation.
Ozil's future isn't the only one that's murky, as it's unclear at this point whether Wenger will be in charge of the Gunners next season. According to Cross, he recently made the decision to stay, but nothing has been made official yet:
There has yet to be any public falling out between Ozil and the club, but the German's decision to seemingly prioritise a meaningless international friendly over getting healthy to help his team in the Premier League is a bad sign.
His commitment to the Gunners will be questioned, and with exit rumours continuing to swirl, the former Real Madrid man could not have picked a worse moment.