The German has been accused of putting his football second in his life, behind chasing after former Miss Venezuela Aida Yespica.
Özil has reportedly flown to Italy at every possible opportunity to see the 31-year-old model, so he could spend time with her in Milan or at hotels in Paris. The midfielder repeatedly spent £15,000 every few weeks on a private plane in order to see the past winner of Miss Venezuela.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported: “The early morning trips, extended to the last minute of passion, led to a down which affected his performances.”
The German started 23 matches for Madrid last season, but had to battle around his side’s busy schedule, which including Champions League matches, to spend time with Aida. The Gunners’ new signing is not the only footballer to have fallen for Aida either. Both Matteo Ferrari and Adrian Mutu have reportedly had relations with the 31-year-old.
Özil is now with his new girlfriend Many Capristo, who has rejected the opportunity to move near the Hertfordshire training ground, despite wanting to move to the UK with the midfielder. Her pop star background has led to the pair being dubbed ‘the German Posh and Becks.’