Micah Richards has revealed that he thinks Mesut Özil aimed a subtle dig at Mikel Arteta with a tweet he posted on January 11th.
In his column for the Daily Mail, the former England international wrote: ‘Ozil, it must also be pointed out, has arguably not handled the situation well at times.
‘He has taken to Twitter quite regularly during Arsenal games over this period, most recently lauding the inclusion of Emile Smith Rowe in the No 10 position, surely a subtle dig at manager Mikel Arteta.’
The tweet that Richards is seemingly referring to was posted five days ago, and showed Özil heaping praise on Arsenal maestro Emile Smith Rowe.
At first glance, it seems as if the former Real Madrid playmaker is being entirely genuine, after being asked his views on Smith Rowe by a fan.
He made the difference in the last couple of games as a No 10 – really happy for him… and that he showed that playing with a No 10 still can make sense in today’s football. 🔟💪🏼@emilesmithrowe https://t.co/GDJeYTcSkz— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 11, 2021
However, one part does seem as if it could be a subtle dig.
When Özil mentions that Smith Rowe is proving it ‘still makes sense’ to use a No.10 in modern-day football, it looks as if he’s possibly trying to tell Arteta that he’s wrong for leaving him in the wilderness.
The 32-year-old has been completely frozen out by the Spaniard, and hasn’t featured for the Gunners since March.
It looks like the drama between Arteta and Özil could be over soon anyway.
Fenerbahce director Emre Belozoglu recently told Hurriyet that a move for the Turkish side to sign the Arsenal No.10 is ‘closer than ever’.
With Arsenal having to pay the Gelsenkirchen-born player a salary of £350,000-a-week to do nothing, it would be best for everyone if he departed.