Emery rubbishes talk of Ozil rift after Arsenal star sits out West Ham win

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The Gunners boss maintains that the German playmaker missed a meeting with the Hammers due to illness, not as a result of a training ground row

Unai Emery has rubbished talk of a training ground row with Mesut Ozil, with the Arsenal playmaker missing a win over West Ham due to illness.

Goal revealed in the build-up to Saturday’s Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium that the German midfielder had been suffering with a bout of flu.

Ozil had missed three days of training as a result of feeling under the weather, with the decision taken not to involve him against the Hammers.

But Arsenal later saw rumours start to circulate regarding a supposed in-house argument between manager and star player.

It was suggested that a heated exchange between Ozil and Emery at the Gunners’ London Colney base was responsible for the former being overlooked for weekend duty.

Emery, though, has been left bemused by the speculation, telling reporters after a 3-1 win for his side over capital rivals: ”It isn’t true.

“He was sick yesterday and we decided he shouldn't play.

“He was sick and today he was here.

“I said today come if he feels better. And he feels better and he is here.”

Arsenal’s win over West Ham has offered Emery some welcome respite.

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The Spaniard, who inherited the managerial reins at the Emirates from Arsene Wenger over the summer, had suffered back-to-back defeats at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

It appeared as though another setback could be on the cards when Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring in Saturday’s derby date, but the Gunners offered a spirited response to falling behind.

A first success under a new boss was secured courtesy of a rare effort from Nacho Monreal, an own goal from Issa Diop and a stoppage-time strike from Danny Welbeck.

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