Arsenal manager Unai Emery has again dismissed reports claiming he and Mesut Ozil do not get on well.
Stories had circulated suggesting Ozil and his coach had fallen out after the midfielder was left out of the squad for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham.
Ozil returned to Arsenal’s starting XI in their next outing, a thrilling 3-2 triumph at Cardiff City.
Speaking at his news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United, Emery insisted that his relationship with Ozil is fine.
He said: “[We get on] very well.
“Here [at a media day] for me it isn’t for speaking about what people are telling us. I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.
“Also, I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman]: ‘don’t put water on the pitch’ – it’s not true.
“This is the moment to say to you that I have a good relationship with Mesut and I didn’t say that to the groundsman, to not to water on the pitch, it’s not true. We are continuing our process with our positive things and our work.”