By Daniel Davis For Mailonline
Published: 13:05 GMT, 25 October 2020 | Updated: 13:12 GMT, 25 October 2020
Mikel Arteta has fired back at Mesut Ozil's agent after the Arsenal boss was accused of being 'dishonest' due to his treatment of the expensive outcast.
The £350,000-a-week playmaker was not included in the club's Premier League or Europa League squads in a bombshell move that brings an end to his time on the field until at least January.
Dr Erkut Sogut, Ozil's representative, soon launched a staunch defence of his client and criticised Arteta over how the situation has unfolded.
Mikel Arteta fired back at criticism from Mesut Ozil's agent after being accused of dishonesty
Dr Erkut Sogut (R) has slammed the Arsenal head coach for his treatment of outcast Mesut Ozil
And the heated war of words has now continued with Arteta insisting that he has remained 'honest' over the reasons behind Ozil's enforced absence.
Before his side's clash with Leicester on Sunday, Arteta said, via The Mirror: 'If you have to lead, they have to trust you. In order for them to trust you, you have to be honest.
'You have to be clear and you have to be able to tell people, face to face, the good and bad news.
'Then you have to be consistent in what you say, the demands you put