‘Always respectful, fair and honest!’: Mesut Ozil sends a pointed birthday message to Arsene Wenger – just 24 hours after he ripped into the ‘disloyalty’ of Arsenal’s new regime under Mikel Arteta
- Mesut Ozil has praised Arsene Wenger for his respect and loyalty on social media
- The German sent Wenger an emotional social media post for his 71st birthday
- It comes 24 hours after he slammed the current Arsenal regime over disloyalty
- Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s league and Europa League squads this month
Mesut Ozil praised former manager Arsene Wenger on his 71st birthday for ‘always being respectful, fair and honest’ just 24 hours after slamming the current Arsenal regime for a lack of loyalty.
The German midfielder was embarrassingly left out of Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad this week which follows his omission from the club’s Europa League squad earlier this month.
It means Ozil, who is on a £350,000-a-week contract, is likely to never feature for Arsenal again and the 31-year-old took a swipe at the current Gunners hierarchy on Wednesday for not showing him enough ‘loyalty and allegiance’.
Mesut Ozil (left) has praised former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (right) on his 71st birthday
The online birthday message mentions Wenger’s qualities of being respectful, fair and honest
In an emotional social media post on Thursday to celebrate Wenger’s birthday, Ozil said: ‘Happy Birthday, Boss! Thanks for all your trust and support you’ve given me from my 1st until your last day @ArsenalFC.
‘Without a doubt one of the greatest managers in the Premier League history – always respectful, fair & honest. Wishing you all the best! #M1Ö’
The birthday message was very different to the statement he published on Wednesday after he was not named in Arsenal’s domestic league squad.
The message comes 24 hours after Ozil slammed the Arsenal hierarchy for a lack of loyalty
Ozil posted online on Wednesday after being dropped from Arsenal’s 25-man league squad
Ozil has not featured for the north London side since March 7 and was not involved in the Gunners’ triumphant FA Cup campaign which culminated in beating Chelsea in the August final.
Despite the exile by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta, the German believed he had a chance of making the 25-man squad.
Ozil said on Wednesday: ‘This is a difficult message to write to the @Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years,’ he wrote.
‘I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the @PremierLeague season for the time being.
Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s league and Europa League squads by current boss Mikel Arteta (L)
‘Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated. As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays.
‘I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far.’
The midfielder enjoyed a fruitful relationship with former boss Wenger, who brought him to the club in a £42.5million deal in September 2013.
Under the iconic French manager, Ozil won three FA Cups with the Gunners and also had his best ever season on an assist basis in the 2015-16 season, when the north Londoners finished as Premier League runners-up.
Ozil won three FA Cup trophies for Wenger’s Arsenal and back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015
Ozil has been at odds with the current Arsenal hierarchy ever since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The midfielder opted not to take a wage cut in order to sustain other parts of the football club as he wanted more information as to where the money was going.
The 31-year-old also offered to cover the wages of Jerry Quy, the man inside Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus, just a day after the green dinosaur was made redundant at the club.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Wednesday that the midfielder is ‘convinced’ his exile is down to the clubs commercial interest in China after a controversial Instagram post made to condemn the alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province saw the club dropped for a match by Chinese broadcaster.
Ozil has not played for since March 7 but has been in some off-the-field wars with Arsenal
Gunners boss Arteta, meanwhile, revealed in a pre-match conference on Wednesday night that it was his decision to drop Ozil from the squad – and not the club’s.
The Spaniard claimed before Thursday’s Europa League match against Rapid Vienna: ‘That’s just a football decision that my conscious is really calm.
‘I’ve been really fair with him, my level of communication with him has been really high. He has had the opportunities like everybody else.’