The Gunners are trying to convince their first-team squad to agree a 12.5 per cent wage reduction to ease the financial pain of the coronavirus crisis but some are against it.
Ozil is one of at least three players resisting the club’s efforts to impose the salary slash for 12 months – news exclusively revealed by Sportsmail on Monday night.
Darren Bent has called the Arsenal player leaking information about Mesut Ozil ‘a snake’
Speaking on talkSPORT on Wednesday, Bent slammed Ozil’s unknown team-mate for talking
But Bent insists those inside the dressing room circulating the information about the German midfielder are as much to blame, insisting Ozil should be doing his best to find out who it is.
‘There’s obviously a snake in that dressing room, which is not good,’ Bent told talkSPORT Breakfast on Wednesday morning.
‘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.’
Bent also revealed the fury that has been aimed at Ozil has been too much in recent days
Arsenal are still optimistic that they can convince at least two of the three to accept the new terms.
But persuading Ozil is of particular importance, given his astronomical £350,000-per-week wages.
Bent also revealed the fury that has been aimed at Ozil has been too much, adding: ‘I also think it’s quite disgusting the abuse he’s getting.
‘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.’