Ozil injury was beyond my control, says Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sought to clarify the situation surrounding the decision to allow Mesut Ozil to play against Chelsea with a knee problem.

Ozil, the Gunners’ club record signing, faces a spell on the sidelines after scans on international duty discovered a “rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint”. He is set to be sidelined for two months.

It has been suggested Wenger went against the advice of the player and his medical staff by keeping Ozil on during the Premier League game at Chelsea on October 5.

However, the Arsenal manager insists there was nothing untoward and he had even stressed to Ozil the need to come off if he felt any problems.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Hull, Wenger said: “He (Ozil) did not tell me anything during the game, I did not even know.”

“He wanted to go on and I told him ’if you don’t feel well, tell me and I will take you off straight away’. He never did that during the whole game.”

Meanwhile Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says reports the club are sitting on a €62m “cash-pile” are wide of the mark.

“There are stories that we are hoarding a vast cash balance and that is simply not the case,” said Gazidis.

“We try to keep a reasonable amount for investment in the team but I am afraid it is nowhere near the numbers quoted.”


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