Darren Bent slams ‘snake’ in Arsenal dressing room after Mesut Ozil exposed

first_imgOzil’s stance was leaked (Picture: Getty)Darren Bent believes is worried about a ‘snake’ in the Arsenal dressing room after it was leaked that Mesut Ozil had refused a pay cut.Ozil was named as one of three Arsenal players who is yet to agree to the 12.5 per cent salary reduction, with Mikel Arteta and the rest of the squad set to put pen to paper on the wage cut.Arteta intervened during an initial stand-off between players and club, but Bent says the fact one someone within Arsenal leaked Ozil’s will be a big concern for players.‘There’s obviously a snake in that dressing room, which is not good,’ Bent told TalkSport.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live‘When you’re in a sporting environment with the guys in the dressing room, you’re like a small family, but at times people do cross the line.‘I’d be in there making phone calls trying to find out who it was that leaked the story, because if there’s three of us [who rejected a pay cut], I shouldn’t be the only one being named.’Reports claims Arsenal stars are unhappy with how Ozil has been treated since it emerged he rejected a pay cut. Advertisement Coral BarryWednesday 22 Apr 2020 4:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Darren Bent slams ‘snake’ in Arsenal dressing room after Mesut Ozil exposed Commentcenter_img 🐍 “There’s a snake in the #Arsenal dressing room.”😡 “People gloss over all the good he does… they don’t want to talk about that as he’s a hated figure.”💷 “Three of them have said no but he’s the only one named & it’s because of his wages!”@DarrenBent defends Mesut Ozil pic.twitter.com/xpJVJUzucM— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 22, 2020 Advertisement Ozil, who earns £350,000 a week, is ready to accept a salary reduction, but wants assurances from Arsenal about how the money will be used.The German is reportedly prepared to take an even bigger pay cut than 12.5 per cent over 12 months, but Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut insisted it was inappropriate for Arsenal to expect players to blindly agree to a salary reduction.‘It is not enough for a club to present a proposal to one member of the first team squad and then asked them to go to the rest of the squad and get their consent to do it. That is not how individual contract negotiations should take place,’ Sogut told The Athletic. ‘A club may even ask a first team manager to negotiate with players and this may influence some, particularly younger players or those on the fringe who fear there might be personal repercussions for him if he does not agree. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘In those circumstances it could be questionable that any consent from the players would be legally binding anyway as some players are not in a position to give true consent if they are under pressure to do so.’Piers Morgan and Jamie Carragher have blasted Ozil since the news broke, but Bent backed the 31-year-old.‘I also think it’s quite disgusting the abuse he’s getting,’ he said.‘He hasn’t come out and said, “I’m not doing it”, he’s given context as to why he isn’t doing it. ‘He just wants a bit of time and wants to know where the money is going.’MORE: Amir Rrahmani’s agent confirms Arsenal interest in defenderAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals the two Arsenal legends he would love to have in his current squadFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. last_img