Mesut Ozil has told Matteo Guendouzi he will be ‘missed’ at Arsenal and has told the wayward to star to show his doubters what a ‘great footballer’ following confirmation of his loan move to Hertha Berlin.
Both players have been frozen out by Mikel Arteta and have not featured at all this season for an Arsenal side that are displaying rapid signs of progress under their new manager.
Guendouzi hasn’t played for Arsenal since he clashed with and taunted Brighton’s Neal Maupay during a damaging defeat back in June and although he returned to first team training this summer he has been deemed surplus to requirements by his manager.
The 21-year-old, who made a hugely encouraging start to his Arsenal career following a £7million move from Lorient two years ago, will now look to relaunch his career in the Bundesliga where he will spend the next nine months.
Wishing his fellow Arsenal exile well on Instagram, Ozil wrote: ‘Mi Bebee, all the best for you in Germany. Show them that you’re a great football player. Will miss you here bro.’
Hertha will not pay a fee for Gendouzi, but will foot 100% per cent of his salary, while Arsenal have also agreed a deal worth £900,000 that will see teenage defender Omar Rekik move in the opposite direction.
Ozil, meanwhile, appears certain to remain at Arsenal and see out the remainder of his £350,000-a-week contract which is due to expire next summer.
The former Real Madrid star featured prominently during the early part of Arteta’s tenure but hasn’t played a single minute of competitive first team football since March.
‘Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.
‘I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.’