The Guardian journalist Dominic Fifield has revealed that Mesut Ozil is challenging Arsenal manager Unai Emery with his social media posts.
Ozil’s future at the Emirates has been under scrutiny since Emery took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 11, 2019
The German playmaker has been struggling to get into the Spaniard’s side this season, having been limited to just 12 Premier League starts.
Therefore, Fifield believes the former Real Madrid ace is letting everyone know that he is fit and ready to play.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 14, 2019
Host Neil Ashton asked on Sunday Supplement: “Just going back to Ozil, are his tweets provocative and antagonistic because his social media is, ‘Well, I’m fully fit, YaGunnersYa, can’t wait to get back on the field,’ all that kind of business.”
“That inevitably, the Arsenal supporters respond with, ‘Can’t wait to see you Mesut, etc, etc, etc’. Is he deliberately being antagonistic?”
Fifield said: “Yeh, I guess he probably is. Or his media team probably is.”
“It’s not helpful for Unai Emery but he wants to get his message out there that’s he’s available and that he’s not being picked for tactical reasons or because there’s been some kind of fallout behind the scenes.”
“He’s within his right to do that. I guess it’s not great for team spirits. I don’t think it reflects particularly well on him in terms of the Arsenal collective and them all being united.”
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) January 14, 2019
The Gunners have suffered a 1-0 defeat at London rivals West Ham United on Saturday afternoon at London Stadium.
The North London side are back in action on Saturday evening as they host Chelsea in their Premier League showdown.