Mesut Ozil claimed Arsenal are “really missing” Arsene Wenger as he appeared to take a swipe at Mikel Arteta.
Ozil enjoyed a fruitful five seasons under Wenger after the Frenchman paid a then-club-record fee to sign him from Real Madrid in 2013.
But the midfielder’s career – along with the Gunners’ form – has taken a nosedive since Wenger left Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Wenger was replaced by Unai Emery, who lasted just over one season before he was sacked in November 2019, while the current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta finds himself in the spotlight at present.
Arteta has led the club on their worst start to a league season since 1974, while Ozil has played no part and endures a frosty relationship with the man who has exiled him from the first-team squad.
The German World Cup winner last pulled on an Arsenal shirt in March and claims staff and players at the Emirates are “really missing” Wenger.
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Asked whether he considers Wenger a father figure during a Twitter Q&A, Ozil responded : “He was really a fantastic manager – yeah, and also like a father figure for me and many other players… I think many people around Arsenal are really missing him.”
Wenger was one of the key reasons Ozil opted to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal seven-and-a-half years ago in a £42.5million deadline-day transfer.
Ozil had a fantastic relationship with the 71-year-old which could not be further contrast to his current association with Arteta.
Wenger described his former player as an “artist” in a glowing verdict earlier this month. He told ESPN’sCaught Offside podcast. “He was not difficult to manage.
“He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun.
“He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive. They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best.”
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