Mesut Ozil has been unable to do his talking on the pitch amid his exile from Mikel Arteta’s first-team at Arsenal, but the midfielder took to Twitter to make his feelings known in the wake of the side’s 2-1 defeat to Everton.
The result meant the Gunners slumped to their seventh Premier League match without a win and Ozil – who was cut from Arteta’s squad this season – was clearly keeping a close eye on proceedings at Goodison Park.
The 32-year-old German, left out of Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads, watched on as the Gunners’ miserable run of form in the Premier League continued away at Goodison Park.
Rob Holding – standing in for the injured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal’s captain this weekend – fired into his own net in the 22nd minute before Nicolas Pepe converted from the penalty spot to equalise for the visitors.
But the north London club went behind again right on half-time as Yerry Mina rose highest to head home an Everton corner and Carlo Ancelotti’s men kept hold of their advantage to secure all three points and move up to second in the table.
An upset Ozil simply posted a heartbroken and a crying emoji to illustrate his sadness and frustration just moments after the final whistle and the tweet quickly racked up likes and retweets among Arsenal’s increasingly irate fanbase.
During Sky Sports’ post-match analysis, Jamie Redknapp said it was a ‘no-brainer’ for Arsenal to recall Ozil at the earliest possible opportunity.
‘You’ve got a problem in January, people always talk about whether or not you should bring Mesut Ozil in,’ the former Tottenham, Liverpool and England midfielder said.
‘For me, I think of course you have to. It’s a no-brainer.
‘You’re not creating chances. Does the manager look weak bringing him back in? Some might say yes but not for me.
‘I think he tried to make a statement by not putting him in the squad. Sometimes in life you’ve just got to take it on the chin. It hasn’t worked but use him whilst you’ve got him.
‘What’s the point? Being in the position they’re in without Ozil just doesn’t make sense to me.’