Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has lashed out at the club for their treatment of Mesut Ozil in recent months.
Ozil has been out of first-team reckoning since football returned back in June 2020 and was left out of the Premier League squad earlier in the campaign.
Speaking to Sport Bild, the former Germany international, who moved to north London in 2012, has claimed that the treatment of the playmaker is ‘absolutely not okay’.
Podolski: “I generally think with a player who is now in his sixth or seventh year with the club, to kick him completely out of the squad, that’s absolutely not okay. He’s shown his class on the pitch, he’s never been negative towards his colleagues or the club. Arsenal as a club have not looked positive in this situation over the last months.” (via Sport Bild)
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It seems that when Arsene Wenger departed the club, so did the class. Arsenal’s treatment of one of the best playmakers to play for the club is absolutely horrific given what he’s been through over the last few seasons.
There was first claims of racism towards the German national team, an incident which caused the player, of Turkish origin, to retire. And for as long as I can remember the ace had been the target of mass abuse from sections of the club’s fanbase as he divided opinion on a lot of different topics, including how much he’s paid.
If that wasn’t enough for his mental health, the star got attacked by thugs on the street and has been banished by Mikel Arteta and Arsenal in what has proven to be an embarrassing episode for the German. The Spanish coach claims it’s due to footballing reasons, however, the team’s creative struggles in the first half of the campaign has proven otherwise.
Ozil has suffered a lot during the last few years, but, you get the feeling his treatment from Arsenal has proven to be the most embarrassing due to his sudden banishment.