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Mesut Ozil allegedly swore at the Arsenal backroom staff and kicked a door in frustration after he was asked to participate in a drugs test following Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham on Sunday.
While the German playmaker cut a rather frustrated figure during the match, he once again failed to acknowledge the travelling supporters amidst talk of a move to another team if his wage demans are not met.
The 28-year-old was informed by club doctor Gary O’Driscoll he had been chosen for the test, but he was immediately seen to throw his arms up in the air, telling O’Driscoll to “f*** off”. It is alleged that he initially refused to take part as he has been asked to give samples far too often over the course of the season.
While he has contributed only two goals and five assists in his last 18 outings for Arsenal, the 28-year-old is still seeking a wage that would make him one of the highest earners in the league. Currently, he pockets £140,000, which puts him on top of the club’s wage list.
His performances, though, have not backed this billing.
While Alexis Sanchez is expected to get a contract in the region of £300,000 which will include a number of performance-related bonuses, Ozil is not expected to be offered a similar amount.
Sanchez has been the shining light in Arsenal’s season so far and has attracted a significant amount of interest from a host of top clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Juventus.
Interest in Ozil is not quite as high, but if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League, the club record signing may be able to force a move away.
It is understood that a number of teammates have also grown annoyed with Ozil’s poor work-rate and lack of attacking threat in recent months.
Also, with Arsene Wenger opting for a 3-4-2-1 formation, it is unclear how well Ozil will fare in the coming weeks, especially since he is known to be best used as a No. 10.
The Germany playmaker has previously stated that he wants to know whether Wenger will be at the club next season before deciding his own future.