Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini denies rift with Mesut Ozil

Mathieu Flamini moves to play down reports of a rift between him and his Arsenal team-mate Mesut Özil

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Mathieu Flamini and Olivier Giroud Photo: Olivier Giroud/Instagram

Mathieu Flamini has moved to play down reports of a rift between himself and Mesut Ozil after the pair were pictured having a heated exchange during Arsenal’s defeat by Bayern Munich.

The pair were spotted exchanging words late in the second half of the 2-0 Champions League loss to the Bundesliga side on Wednesday, leading to speculation that they had fallen out.

Mesut is one of my closest team-mates and we were on the pitch

Mathieu Flamini

However, Flamini insisted that Ozil is one of his “closest” team-mates and denied that there had been a bust-up between the duo.

“When you’re a journalist or you’re a fan seeing it from the outside, it’s difficult to interpret it,” Flamini told Arsenal’s website. “But Mesut is one of my closest team-mates and we were on the pitch.

“It was not about arguing it was just about communication. Mesut is a winner, I’m a winner; we were both fighting because we just wanted to give everything to the team to make sure we defended properly.

“It was about communication, but at the end of the day it proves to everyone that we really wanted to win and we’re winners. It’s important, as you want a team with character, not a team who doesn’t react.”

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