Ozil had 'problems with everyone' while at Arsenal, says Monreal

Ex-Arsenal star Mesut Ozil had ‘problems with EVERYONE’ while at the Gunners, says former team-mate Nacho Monreal – who adds that the German’s time under Arsene Wenger ‘ended badly’

  • Mesut Ozil was released from his contract at Arsenal in January of last year 
  • The German World Cup winner fell out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta
  • Ozil also had his run-ins with Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery in north London 
  • Nacho Monreal says those managers saw Ozil ‘wasn’t at the level required’  

Former Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal insists former Gunners star Mesut Ozil had ‘problems with everyone’ during his topsy-turvy seven-and-a-half year stay in north London. 

Ozil, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, was released from his contract in January 2021 after falling out of favour under current manager Mikel Arteta. 

Left back Monreal, now at Real Sociedad, joined the Gunners seven months prior to Ozil’s arrival in September 2013 and with the pair having played together for more than six years, the Spaniard shed some light on Ozil’s time at the Emirates. 

Nacho Monreal insists former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil had ‘problems with everyone’ at the club

Monreal added that the German’s time under manager Arsene Wenger ‘ended badly’ 

‘Ozil’s problem is that he had problems with everyone,’ Monreal told FourFourTwo. 

‘It ended badly with Wenger, he didn’t play the last few games with him, then Emery tried to bring him back and make him our leader.

‘To begin with, he gave him a lot of confidence and Mesut played a lot, but the coach understood there were other teammates who were in better condition. 

‘Ozil was one of the best players in the team, one of the best paid, but they saw he wasn’t at the level required.

Ozil, now 33, made 254 appearances for Arsenal but his final few years were disappointing 

‘As a person, he was good with everyone, but he also missed a lot of games through injury.’ 

Ozil, now 33, made 254 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions and now plays for Turkish club Fenerbache. 

The German won three FA Cups during his time at the Gunners – alongside Monreal – but disappointments in the Premier League and Europe often overshadowed success in the domestic cups.  

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