Reports are out claiming that Per Mertesacker has jumped to the defence of Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil.
Ozil has struggled for consistency since his arrival two years ago from Real Madrid.
But Mertesacker told transfermarkt.de: “In Germany there are often only small parts of our games aired on TV or the opinions of English journalists are simply accepted.
“Mesut is a key player for us. He was in the last season and he will be the same in the season ahead.”