Mesut Ozil has sent Mikel Arteta a message on Twitter as his exile from Arsenal continues. The German has not featured this season as he enters the final year of his contract while the ex-Real Madrid star has also rejected a move to Saudi Arabia.
Ozil has sent Arteta a ‘throwback’ message on Twitter as the Spaniard continues to expel the playmaker from first-team proceedings.
At 31 and fully fit, the playmaker should be in the prime of his career but instead, he has been left to rot on the sidelines.
And entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates, which has been the probable source of all Arsenal’s problems, it is clear his future is away from north London.
That became abundantly clear when Arteta did not even include the World Cup winner in his 25-man Europa League squad.
But despite his continued absence from the first-team, Ozil had a message for Arteta on Twitter after revealing a throwback video of the two when the Spaniard just took over at Arsenal.
Arteta signed as the Gunners manager just before 2020 kicked off and, initially, it looked like Ozil had a spot in his first-team.
Predecessors Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg had no time for the former Real Madrid star.
But he flourished in the first few matches under Arteta, where he looked like he could relaunch his career at the Emirates.
Ozil clearly sought out the tweet, which was posted on March 10, while he quote-retweeted it, captioned: “#startof2020 #throwback #M1O#YaGunnersYa.”
How this season will play out for the midfielder remains to be seen but it looks likely that he will run down his contract after turning down a move from Saudi Arabia.
Mesut Özil under Mikel Arteta. pic.twitter.com/VYkelNlVDi
— William (fan account) (@OzilThings) March 10, 2020
And that could mean a whole year without playing football, with Arteta yet to shift his opinion on the German.
It would mean a further £350,000-a-week contract drained from the club’s coffers, while Arsenal legend Martin Keown reckons they must do everything they can to get him out in January.
“One assumes that Arteta would’ve given him an opportunity and he’s not really happy with Ozil’s work ethic,” Keown said during an appearance on talkSPORT.
“He’s not someone the others can learn off. I actually think he’s got a good heart, because of what he does for charity, but when he questions giving up a percentage of his wage which affects everyone else, I don’t think it’s his place to do that. He needs to fall in line.
“If you think of the money it’s costing Arsenal… £18million-a-year, that the equivalent of the interest payments when they took out a loan on the Emirates Stadium.
“That’s how restrictive that has been. They need to cut their losses and pay him off.
“It sends a message to the group, creates a new culture, and allows them to move on, because at the moment it has become unhealthy.”