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Martin Keown says Arsene Wenger doesn’t trust Mesut Ozil anymore.
This does sound bizzare and it would even sound more ridiculous when you find out the reason for Keown’s claim.
According to the former Gunner, Wenger left Ozil out of the starting xi against West Brom last Monday because he doesn’t trust him anymore.
The boss mentioned before and after the game that Ozil wasn’t fit enough to start the game but Keown saw the German starting on the bench in a different way.
“Ozil is the one I wouldn’t trust as much mentally, and I believe he’s not playing tonight because the gaffer really can’t trust him any more,” Keown told BBC Radio 5 Live via Daily Cannon.
“I think it’s a huge story that Ozil doesn’t play tonight.
“If you look at their pre-seasons, Ozil wasn’t in the German squad in the summer, he came back on the very first day of pre-season, and didn’t then start the season, there was a bit of suspicion around him.
“Last year he went missing for a couple of months and I think that’s his tactic in terms of getting away from the football club.
“I don’t know, but I have a feeling that he’s going to take his reliability away from selection.”
Keown’s claim is strange especially as everyone knew Ozil missed the Chelsea game due to a knee injury.
He only just recovered from injury before the game against West Brom and still came off the bench in that game.
Prior to that, the German started all of Arsenal’s first three games of the season, none of these points at Wenger not trusting him.