Mesut Ozil takes brutal swipe at Mikel Arteta as he sends Arsene Wenger message

Mesut Ozil took a not-so-subtle swipe at Mikel Arteta as he sent Arsene Wenger a happy birthday message on Thursday.

The German, who released an angry statement accusing Arsenal of disloyalty on Wednesday, paid tribute to a man who was always "respectful, fair and honest."

Ozil was furious to learn he has been axed from Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad until at least February – just a week after he was left out of Arteta's Europa League side.

Harking back to a happier time at the Emirates, Ozil sent birthday wishes to Wenger on social media on Thursday, but couldn't resist aiming a dig at his new boss.

Ozil wrote: "Happy Birthday, Boss! Thanks for all your trust and support you've given me from my first until your last day at Arsenal.

"Without a doubt one of the greatest managers in Premier League history – always respectful, fair and honest. Wishing you all the best!"

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Ozil's message comes just one day after he released his statement, which takes aim at the current state of management at Arsenal.

Ozil wrote on Wednesday: "I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I've not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being.

"Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated.

"As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays.

"I've always tried to remain positive from week to week that there's maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That's why I kept silent so far.

"Before the Coronavirus outbreak I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we've been on a positive way I would say my performances were on a really good level.

"But then things changed, again, and I was no longer allowed to play football for Arsenal."

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