Mesut Ozil seems to be winning his propaganda war with Arsenal boss Unai Emery while not even being asked to do his job.
The Gunners’ most highly-paid player was not in the squad once again yesterday as Arsenal lost 1-0 to Sheffield United.
Ozil has been frozen out by Emery in recent months, despite being named as one of his five captains.
The former Real Madrid playmaker has been relatively quiet on social media in his recent weeks by his usual standards.
But he took time out to wish former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a happy 70th birthday on his Instagram story.
Ozil posted a pic of the ‘Professor’ with his arm around him alongside the words ‘Happy birthday 70’ with a confetti effect.
And Arsenal fans ate it up, with the majority commenting that they wished Ozil was back in the team like in the Wenger days.
“This brought tears to my eyes,” wrote one emotional Gooner.
“Miss these two right now :(,” stated another.
“iirc most players who played under Wenger have kind words for him. Good guy Wenger,” commented a third.
While a fourth Arsenal fanatic added: “He knew his weaknesses and still brought out the best in him.”
After the 1-0 defeat at Bramall Lane, Gunners boss Emery was asked by BBC Sport if Ozil was available.
The former Paris St-Germain coach simply replied with: “He can help us, yes.”
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Chris Sutton, however, believes Emery should be more forthcoming.
“It would be nice if Unai Emery just came out and said and then we would know instead of us guessing,” he said.
“Is it a lack of commitment? We know he’s a quality player but do we think he’s lost his guile? His awareness? His touch?
“Of course we don’t – so what’s the problem?”