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I'm not bothered if Ozil plays - Cardiff boss Warnock

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Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he is not bothered if Mesut Ozil plays for Arsenal in their Premier League game on Sunday.

Ozil played no part in Arsenal's first win under new manager Unai Emery against West Ham last weekend.

There were reports of a training ground bust-up between player and manager, but Emery said the Germany midfielder was missing from the team simply due to illness.

"I'm not too bothered (if Ozil plays), I've got enough worries," Warnock said ahead of Arsenal's trip to the Cardiff City Stadium.

He can come and play me for me if he wants," Warnock added on Ozil.

"When you're a top international player like he is, someone who has seen and done it all, it's only a matter of time before you click.

"I don't think you worry about players at that level."

Cardiff are without Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Aron Gunnarsson as they seek to open their Premier League goals account, while Junior Hoilett is also a major doubt.



Mesut Ozil announces retirement from international football

Mesut Ozil has retired from international football Credit: PA

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football in an emotional statement, saying he feels "unwanted" by the national team.

The Arsenal man was fiercely criticised as Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage, while a photograph he posed for with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the tournament led to his loyalty to Joachim Low's side being questioned.

Ozil, who is of mixed German and Turkish heritage, said on Sunday night that he and his family had received hate mail, threatening phone calls and social media abuse.

In a statement on Twitter he wrote: "The treatment I have received from the DFB (German Football Association) and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.

"I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten."

No new injury concerns ahead of Arsenal's Atletico clash

Ozil, Cech and Wilshere all trained ahead of Arsenal's Europa League match on Thursday. Credit: PA

Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech and Jack Wilshere all trained on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid.

The trio, as well as full-back Sead Kolasinac, missed Sunday's 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham with minor complaints, but all were part of the squad working at London Colney.

Ozil was ill, while Cech had a minor hip injury as Wilshere and Kolasinac were sidelined with ankle problems.

Mohamed Elneny was carried off on a stretcher on the stroke of half-time with ankle ligament damage, although Arsenal are hopeful he will play again this season.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also absent, but could feature in the second leg in Madrid next week, having trained away from the group on Wednesday.

The news will be a boost to outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as he looks to end his near-22 year tenure with a European trophy, especially as Atletico themselves were given good news as former Chelsea forward Diego Costa was passed fit to travel to London following a hamstring injury.

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