Mertesacker discusses on-field clash with Ozil

Mertesacker spat with OzilArsenal defender Per Mertesacker has spoken about his on- field spat with Mesut Ozil after the Gunners 6-3 defeat to Manchester City earlier this season.

The German international screamed at Ozil after his Gunners teammate appeared to be heading straight down the tunnel following the heavy humbling at the hands of Manuel Pellegrini’s side. It caused quite the stir on social media networks with fans speculating over what they were arguing about in such a public manner.

The 29 year old said that they were both angry following the defeat but thinks it’s better for players to get it out their system so they can put it quickly behind them and move on.

“We have to present ourselves as a unit, no matter what happens,” Mertesacker told Guardian. “That is what Arsenal stands for.

“He was just angry, so was I and, sometimes, it’s good to argue, to let your feelings out. It’s nearly disappeared in football life because when something happens, players keep it inside and they are pissed over the next three weeks. That’s not what I want to see with anybody. There can be a little battle but, afterwards, shake hands and forget about it. That is a culture I like.”

Ozil apologised to the Arsenal fans shortly after the episode and has enjoyed a largely successful first half a season in English football.

Mertesacker has been outstanding this season and his leadership skills have vastly improved us over the last 18 months. I think the German was right to pull Ozil up for not applauding the traveling Arsenal supporters, but it will be harsh to blame Ozil too as it’s common that players just want to get off the pitch as soon as possible after a disappointing defeat.

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