Former Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi has aimed a small dig at his former club for the way Mikel Arteta, Edu and co handled the Mesut Ozil saga.
The controversial German was constantly in the news since Project Restart. Mikel Arteta pushed him out of the side at the end of last season, and decided against including him in his squad for this campaign.
That caused a lot of backlash from fans, media and pundits. Arsenal seriously lacked creativity in the first half of this season, and the Gunners’ most creative player was at home every matchday doing absolutely nothing.
Arteta, however, stuck to his guns. He was adamant that he didn’t want Ozil in his side, and he won. The German’s contract was terminated in January, and he moved to Turkey to join Fenerbahce.
Iwobi has had his say on the situation. The Nigerian labelled Ozil as a ‘great player’ and he believes that the way the former Real Madrid man was forced out of Arsenal ‘wasn’t nice’.
He said on Nedum Onuoha’s podcast: “Mesut Ozil. His stats speak for themselves, the type of player he is. Unfortunately, the way he left Arsenal wasn’t nice in my opinion, but he’s a great player, a great player.”
The Insider’s View:
This is one debate that is not going to end anytime soon.
Half of Arsenal’s fan base backed Arteta’s call to leave him out, while the other half still believe that the Gunners boss made a huge mistake.
The good thing is that the saga came to an end in January. Ozil is happy at Fenerbahce and Arteta is content with the squad he has at his disposal.
Let’s just move on now.