It was being reported that Ozil, along with his Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker fell ill last weekend, which was the reason they met up with their German national team a few days later than everyone else for their upcoming two friendly games.
Mertesacker was forced to withdraw from the team prior to their game against Manchester United due to his illness, though Ozil played the entire 90 minutes. The midfielder returned late night with his club to London after their 1-0 loss at Old Trafford, and was then reportedly snapped leaving a nightclub in the wee hours of Monday morning.
Then the sudden news of his illness broke out, which eventually saw him join the German squad on Wednesday. This is now being thought of as a story hard to believe by many, as media suggest that his evening at the nightclub had something to do with him arriving late for national team duty.
However, ESPNFC are now reporting that the 25-year old has had to come out in the open and justify the fact that he was genuinely down with a flu, and that he only went out to get ‘food and drinks’ that night. He spoke to Bild before Germany 1-1 tie with Italy on Friday night, where he played a 31 minute cameo as a sub, and said, “It was already late when we returned from Manchester. I then went for food and drinks,”
“But that had nothing to do with reporting ill with a flu the next day.”
“I felt totally fit in Manchester and went the full 90 minutes,” he continued.
He has been given the backing of his German team general manager Oliver Bierhoff who refuses to believe this cooked up story. He confided, “I know how media works, I don’t think about it,”
“I don’t have a problem with it. Ozil has given his all for Germany and such things happen.”
The former Real Madrid man will be hoping that this story evaporates in thin air at the earliest, allowing him to recover and prepare for Arsenal’s next match at home against high-flying Southampton in the coming few days.