Arsenal Defender, Nacho Monreal has accused Mesut Ozil’s critics of manufacturing stories about him and defended the midfielder’s body language by insisting he will never “go up to a player and grab him by the throat.”
Ozil had a difficult start to the new premier league season after his sudden decision to quit international football.
The 29-year-old often finds his passive body language interpreted as a lack of effort but Monreal has come to his team-mate’s defence.
“People must understand that every player is completely different,” said the Spaniard. “He is like that [quiet] and 10 years ago he was the same. So you can’t expect on the pitch that he starts to fight, to talk with the referee because he never did it. He is not going to change in this case,” Standard UK quoted Monreal as saying.
“The important thing is he plays at his highest level, gives a lot of assists, scores a lot of goals and basically helps the team. That’s what he knows. He doesn’t know how to go up to a player and grab him by the throat.”
The German international was reportedly involved in a bust-up at the training ground with Emery, after learning he would not be in the starting XI for last month’s Premier League match against West Ham.
The club denied any speculations of a disagreement, as Monreal added, “People have been a bit unfair with him. He is a very famous player and obviously people love talking about him. Recently, it is always bad things. Like last time, he was sick and that’s why he didn’t play.
“People started to invent that he had a problem with the manager. It wasn’t like that. He got a cold, he was sick, that’s it. That’s why he didn’t play,” Monreal said.