Mesut Ozil confesses he wishes he ‘could help the team… especially right now’ as Arsenal outcast opens up on exile under Mikel Arteta during Twitter Q&A with his 25m followers
- Mesut Ozil took to Twitter to host a Q&A session with his 25.3million followers
- The German midfielder answered questions on his current Arsenal situation
- Ozil has not been included Arsenal’s Premier League or Europa League squads
- Arsenal are four points above the relegation zone following a disastrous run
Mesut Ozil refused to play the blame game over his Arsenal exile and said he is desperate to help lift team-mates out of their current malaise during an enlightening Question and Answer session on Twitter.
The German was not included in Arsenal’s Premier League or Europa League squads and so has had to watch events unfold at home just like supporters.
Mikel Arteta’s side were booted out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night and are just four points clear of the relegation zone with a worrying run of fixtures on the horizon.
Mesut Ozil used up some of his free time by undertaking a Twitter Q&A with his followers
Asked whether he is happy at Arsenal, Ozil simply said he wants to help the team right now
Arsenal are enduring a dismal season and sit just four points clear of the relegation places
Asked whether he is happy at Arsenal right now given he has been frozen out under Arteta, Ozil was diplomatic in response.
‘It’s a very difficult time for everyone around the club – not just for me,’ he responded.
‘The situation is frustrating for everyone. Of course I would wish I could help the team especially right now, but as long as I don’t get the chance I just hope that we get better results very soon again.’
Mikel Arteta elected not to include Ozil in his Premier League or Europa League squads
He then added a follow-up tweet, wary it was the question many fans were focused on, writing: ‘But let’s stay positive!’
Ozil is out of contract in the summer but has so far appeared content to see out the remainder of his deal, rather than cut his losses in January.
His agent, Erkut Sogut, has long insisted Ozil has no intention of leaving the club before his contract expires next summer.
Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, when asked whether Ozil will leave in January, Sogut said: ‘Even one day is a long time in football, you never know. Of course, there are many clubs interested in him.
‘This has never changed but his willingness to honour his contract and play hasn’t changed either.
‘He’s a man of his word, loyal, and loyalty is hard to find in these times.’
The German has long insisted he will see out the remaining six months of his deal at Arsenal
He was full of praise for ‘father figure’ Arsene Wenger (right) who signed him back in 2013
Ozil went on to add that ‘many people around Arsenal are really missing’ the former boss
The rest of his Q&A took on a lighter tone with questions on which team-mate he thinks is best at video game Fortnite, who he feels will become a future star and what he thinks of former boss Arsene Wenger.
On Wenger, the man who brought Ozil to the club from Real Madrid in 2013, Ozil likened him to a ‘father figure’ and said that he is not the only one to miss the Frenchman being in charge.
‘He was really a fantastic manager,’ he said.
‘Yeah, and also like a father figure for me and many other players… I think many people around Arsenal are really missing him.’
While he crowned Sead Kolasinac as the best Fortnite player in the Arsenal dressing room, it is Matteo Guendouzi, now at Hertha Berlin on loan, they he believes will ‘be a big football player one day’.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was picked out by Ozil as his dream team-mate
The German also said he wished he would have played with Arsenal icon Dennis Bergkamp
There were lots of questions about the future – his own and Arsenal’s – but there were also questions asking Ozil to wind back the clock.
Asked who his dream team-mate would be, the German pulled out one of the finest midfielders ever to play alongside.
‘I would say Zinedine Zidane,’ Ozil responded. ‘But that would have been difficult as we’re both No. 10…
‘Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Ridvan Dilmen & Gigi Buffon maybe – they are also great human beings outside the pitch.’
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