Mesut Özil gives everything. The eliminated Arsenal professional is currently keeping fit in his own garden. The former soccer world champion published a video of a private training session on Twitter. Özil lifts weights, does push-ups and sit-ups. “Always ready,” he wrote. For weeks, the 32-year-old has been trying to convey the image of the model professional who is preparing for his next assignment on the Internet. It is hard to imagine that he will get that at Arsenal.
After Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta had not reported him for either the Premier League or the Europa League, Özil has become increasingly active in social media in recent weeks. On Twitter, he commented on Arsenal games live and let his followers vote on the player of the game. Almost every day he shares new posts with his over 25 million followers. In addition to training pictures, he posts about Islam, advertises clothing and jewelry, as well as for charity.
Swipe against coach
He also expressed his frustration with the non-nomination on Twitter and Instagram. He was “deeply disappointed,” wrote Özil, whose contract with the Londoners runs until the summer of 2021. “When I signed my new contract in 2018, I promised the club I love, Arsenal FC, my loyalty and loyalty, and it saddens me that it wasn’t reciprocated.”
Özil ruled out sporting reasons, his performance was at a good level. “But then things changed and I wasn’t allowed to play football for Arsenal.” His coach immediately denied the allegations. “It was a football decision, so I have a very clear conscience,” said Arteta. “I was very fair to him, I really communicated a lot with him.”
You could read between the lines what Özil thought of the Spaniard when he congratulated his former Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger on his 70th birthday. “Thank you for all the trust and support,” wrote Özil. Wenger was “always respectful, fair and honest” – a clear swipe at Arteta.
Özil sees himself again as a victim – similar to the affair about the photos with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and to his angry resignation from the German national team. However, it is also no secret that Arsenal have long wanted to get rid of their top earners. The 32-year-old was still fighting: “No matter what happens, I’ll keep fighting for my chance and not let my eighth Arsenal season end like this.” But how else should it end for Mesut Özil?
That Arteta will register him again for the league or the European Cup in January is not to be expected. A premature farewell to London, either, the 2014 world champion has categorically excluded. There is no solution in sight.