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'No professional is satisfied': Podolski hits out at Arsenal

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Speaking to Sport Bild, former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has hit out at his former club for Mikel Arteta’s treatment of Mesut Ozil.

The former Koln man spent two-and-a-half years at the Emirates and he was a fan favourite. Everyone at Arsenal still adores him, but some of his latest comments may not sit well with his former employers.

Arsenal boss Arteta forced Podolski’s compatriot Ozil out of the Emirates. The playmaker is on his way to Turkey to join Fenerbahce and it really is a shame how things have been between the player and the club over the last eight months.

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Podolski has now hit out at Arsenal’s treatment of his former teammate. He claims that it’s ‘absolutely not okay’ to push a player out of the door as we have done, and it’s hard to disagree with him.

He said, as quoted by Goal: “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.”

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“It was really a shame that it ended like this. No professional is satisfied if he is not allowed to play. Now Mesut can finally do what we all love again: play football.”

Arsenal Insider’s view:

Nobody knows what has gone on behind the scenes between Ozil and Arsenal. However, things could have been handled a lot better by both parties.

Arteta simply did not want Ozil and the German is now gone. He arguably deserved a better farewell, but his departure was the best thing for all parties involved and it had to be done this month.

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