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Opinion: Mesut Ozil saga reveals true Arsenal friends

Timothy Aiyeku

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A lot of people, including fans, former players, and pundits have had something to say on the exile of Mesut Ozil from the Arsenal team which puts an end to his spell at the Emirates Stadium while his contract expires in the coming summer.

The German international has not been in any of Arsenal’s game since the restart of the Premier League after the coronavirus pandemic and manager Mikel Arteta has insisted that he has left him out for football reasons.

Efforts to have him leave the club with reported interests from several clubs failed. He will now have to stay at the club without playing any game as his name was not included in the seasons’ squad for the Premier League and the Europa League.

The agent of the former Real Madrid star has blasted the Spanish boss for what he described as unfair treatment of his client, insisting that Mesut Ozil was not given the chance to prove himself as he has been working hard in training.

Mesut Ozil has also given his reaction; by protesting his exclusion and that has gotten Arsenal fans divided with some taking his side and others believing the exclusion from the team is justifiable.

Former players also delve into the sage with Jack Wilshere insisting that he sees no reason why Mesut Ozil would be left out of the current Arsenal squad, adding that he is one of the best midfielders in the world.

All the reactions have revealed the true friends of the North London outfit and those who only pretend to be.

It is a known fact that the manager has the decision of who plays and who does not as he is held responsible for whatever the outcome is. Standing with the club makes you a true friend and fan but backing a player who is not loyal to the club will be regarded as otherwise.

However, Mesut Ozil could be forced to leave in the January transfer window to save his career and also end the saga that places the club in a negative perspective.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.