Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s analysis of Jerome Boateng from 2019 has re-emerged as the defender is linked with a transfer.
The Gunners midfielder has been outcast by Mikel Arteta, not selecting the World Cup-winner for his Premier League or Europa League squads.
But German outlet Bild have reported that he could be joined by former international team-mate Boateng.
Bayern Munich have decided not to extend the centre-back’s contract after nine years, despite helping them win the Champions League last season.
And this could spark the interest of Arsenal, who attempted to sign the 32-year-old on loan in January.
It has seen Ozil’s comments re-emerge after Joachim Low confirmed Boateng would not be used by the international side on 5 March 2019.
Writing on Twitter the same day, the midfielder said: “I feel sorry one of the best German players of the last decades has to leave the National team in that way.”
The Gunners midfielder was commenting just under a year after his own controversial exit from the national side, retiring in May 2018 after fallout from a photography with Turkish president Recap Ergodan.
Bayern’s decision to let Boateng leave appears to contradict the feelings of manager Hansi Flick, who praised the veteran following their latest Champions League win.
Having scored the third goal in a 6-2 win overt RB Salzburg this month, the boss said: “It has something to do with training and his professional attitude. It's just nice to see.
“We are all glad that he has worked on himself over the last few months and that he has caught up a lot and that he played a very good game here today.”
While Damir Smoljan, representing Boateng’s consulting agency Lian Sports, said: “Jerome feels incredibly comfortable here.
“The team is incredibly focused and professional. All of this suits Jerome. We are open to contract talks. The future is exciting. We look forward to talking to Bavaria.”
Boateng could join Gabriel Magalhaes in Arsenal’s defence, who admitted to turning down other teams for the Gunners.
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