Shkodran Mustafi has sent his goodbye message to Mesut Ozil and the Germany international may have revealed more than he intended to with a bizarre last sentence.
After spending the start of his message lauding the playmaker for his ability on and off the pitch, Mustafi then went ahead and apologise on behalf of the club for not being able to ‘assist’ Ozil, who is on the brink of a move away from N5.
It really does beg the question, what has gone wrong behind the scenes for the former Valencia defender to apologise to the ‘most unselfish’ star?
Was Mikel Arteta right to freeze out Mesut Ozil?
Over the course of this season, Mikel Arteta has been adamant that the reason for Ozil’s omission have been purely down to footballing reasons. Back in December, the Spaniard went on to claim that the former Real Madrid man was given ample opportunities to impress him.
Has Arteta really given Ozil his fair share of chances? Well, all the signs point towards no especially when you look at how some of the stars have been treated this season. Willian travelled to Dubai on an unauthorised trip, faced no punishment and then came straight back into the starting XI against Leeds United.
However, Ozil, who got a goal and assist in two of his last three starts for the club was banished ever since football returned way back in June 2020.
Then there’s all the issues off-the-field, where the German hit out at China over their army’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims. It was a stance that caused the nation to remove Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City from broadcasting.
Whatever has happened, the treatment of Ozil has been far from ideal. Lies have been told over why the star has not been in the starting XI and Mustafi’s message to his soon-to-be former teammate hints at wider issues behind the scenes.