Mesut Ozil posts cryptic Instagram message after being axed by Mikel Arteta vs Man City

Southampton FC v Arsenal FC - Premier League. Mesut Ozil looks on
Ozil was left out the squad (Picture: Getty)

Mesut Ozil posted a cryptic message on Instagram after being axed by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for their 3-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City.

Ozil didn’t even make the nine-man bench for Wednesday night’s defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side, with Arteta claiming it was a ‘tactical decision’.

The Arsenal boss said after the match: ‘I’m going to select the players for the day that we believe as staff that are the best for the day and that’s it.’

Ozil is the higest earner at Arsenal, raking in a huge £350,000-a-week and had been in good form under Arteta before the season was halted due to the coronavirus crisis.

Details are yet to emerge of what’s happened behind the scenes, but Ozil has fuelled speculation further with a cryptic post on social media.

Alongside a picture of him holding the Arsenal badge, the 31-year-old World Cup winner wrote: ‘No matter what … #M1Ö @Arsenal

It was a frustrating night for Arteta without Ozil. His plans were severely disrupted when injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari forced him into making two early changes.

‘Everything went wrong from the first minute,’ Arteta said.

‘Every possible accident that could have happened hopefully happened today.’

Asked whether the injuries were a consequence of the three-month lay-off, he added: ‘If they were muscular injuries, maybe yes. But these ones I don’t think so.’

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