Mesut Ozil took to Twitter to make his feelings known in the wake of the Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Everton.
The result meant the Gunners slumped to their seventh match without a win in the Premier League.
Ozil who was cut from Arteta’s squad for the club’s top-flight campaign – was clearly keeping a close eye on proceedings 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 outfit 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.
Shortly after the final whistle, Ozil shared a heartbroken and a crying emoji with his 25 million followers and the tweet quickly racked up likes and retweets among Arsenal’s increasingly irate fanbase, many of whom are calling for the German to return to the fold.
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During his post-match analysis on Arsenal’s loss on Sky Sports, Jamie Redknapp claimed it was a ‘no-brainer’ for Arteta 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.
‘If you were creating chances but losing games I’d say of course not but the games like Burnley at home the other day, where you need someone who is going to spot a pass for the likes of Aubameyang.
‘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.’