Ian Wright has managed to frustrate Arsenal fans again after having a dig at Mesut Ozil on social media.
Wright’s dig at Ozil’s consistency and lack of interest from other clubs followed the news that the 29-year-old had penned a new deal with Arsenal.
In the past, Wright has stuck up for Ozil when other pundits and former players wouldn’t.
Back in November 2017, the ex-Arsenal striker described the German as a “beautiful player to watch”.
But, since then, Wright hasn’t held back with often unwarranted criticism of the playmaker.
In September, the pundit was livid when Ozil hit out at former Gunners via his four-year Arsenal-versary Instagram post for their comments in the press about the team.
“Sign a contract, if you feel that strongly about people criticising the team because you’re somebody who is integral to Arsenal’s success,” Wright said on BBC Radio 5 live, reported by the Evening Standard at the time.
“You’re not signing a deal and you’re probably going to continue to hide behind the fact that (Alexis) Sanchez is the one that everybody’s going to say, ‘Is he going to go?’.
“Why haven’t you signed yet? That’s what I would say to you. If you feel that strongly, why haven’t you signed yet?
“A player that is not actually performing on the pitch is coming out, calling people out and he’s not signing a contract. It’s laughable.”
This was before Wright said Ozil should sign for Manchester United in January because he would do well there.
“Yes I do (think Ozil would do well at United),” Wright said, reported the Express.
“I think he is that kind of player.
“He is not going to drag a team along but if you’re playing well he is going to sprinkle like stardust.
“When you watch him he is awesome.
“With the right team and right people in front of him he will shine.”
Now, after urging Ozil to prove himself by signing on the dotted line at Arsenal, Wright has aimed another dig at the playmaker on Instagram, claiming: “…he’s played a couple of decent games and now he’s signed a contract? Didn’t see many clubs beating down the door and he was free. Let’s hope he’s as consistent now he’s signed.”
Arsenal fans, unsurprisingly, have become a little tired of ex-players’ skewed views when it comes to Ozil.
The German can’t win. He was told to sign a new deal, then sneered at for doing precisely that.
Özil can’t win with Ian Wright. pic.twitter.com/4dZxJqtjlD
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) February 1, 2018
His hatred for Özil is so bizarre
— Will (@ConvertedWinger) February 1, 2018
He has also slagged off us signing Aubameyang, nothing positive has come out from his mouth or his comments. Özil was right about ex legends.
— Özillur (@zeezeeblog) February 2, 2018
Ian Wright is so shameless. Can’t stand the guy anymore
— P¹⁸ (@RedLacazette9) February 1, 2018
All the bitterness since Ozil said so called legends should shut up and start supporting
— .. (@al9_aca) February 1, 2018
We were right after all. He has moved over to the dark side for good. This is a shame.
— Kaushik (@kaushikisalive) February 1, 2018
Starting to think legends and retired players are just bitter because they are no longer playing the game and rarely experienced the way it is now
— Gooner James (@james64417333) February 2, 2018
Watch out, you’ll have yer das coming out for your head for calling out someone from 90s.
— Tomislav (@Tomo_1886) February 1, 2018
Sort of wonder if it’s difficult for ex-players to accept that they aren’t the heroes anymore. Like maybe wright is worried ozil will surpass his legacy and thus feels the need to come up with these irrational criticisms.
— Özil’s Left Foot (@ozilsleftfoot10) February 2, 2018
There’s a reason why there’s no Ian Wright statue at the ground. He’s no legend.
— Sanj Modha (@smodha) February 2, 2018
— IdiotWenger (@Jhevaughn25) February 2, 2018
As with many of our legends, being a pundit and being controversial, is more important than being loyal to the club that made their name.
— Arsenalism (@TheBimal) February 2, 2018
Ian Wright, if you care about the club, stop talking shit and support our players.
— DÖ (@khado1096) February 2, 2018
Pathetic comments from our so called “Legend”. Why he hates Özil is beyond me, and he claims to care about Arsenal. He’s not a Legend, he’s a fake!
— winniefred omatseye (@winniefredomat1) February 2, 2018
Ian Wright is a legend, but he is the worst pundit with Shearer and Murphy in the world. Guy doesn’t like this Arsenal team and is bitter. He must be jealous seeing fans show love to others now he doesn’t play anymore.
— Kash (@KashPathan) February 2, 2018
Wright is a fraud. Not a legend.
— AG (@arungooner5) February 2, 2018
Henry give opponents tips against us and now Ian is doing
What’s their problem really?
This is so painful
Özil signed his last big contract with us when we r a sinking ship
These guys shud really get behind him for this singular act
Henry left us when we wia sinking
— ArsenalDNA (@Bestdgooner) February 2, 2018
This is almost as bad as the time Wright basically said foreign fans are nothing. He came out with a false apology that time. Will probably come out with a teary explanation on air this time. Strange logic this, trying to show your love for AFC by slagging us off at every turn.
— Sohum (@ArSensei_Sohum) February 2, 2018
Last week he literally said that Man Utd should sign him and he’d be amazing. Why is it always Arsenal legends that do this? Just back the team and the players for once.
— Arsenal (@MesutttOzil) February 1, 2018
Ian Wright can fuck off for me. Legend of a player but clearly not an Arsenal fan at heart to be saying stuff like that
— AFC Graffix (@AFCgraffix) February 1, 2018
Since his arrival no one has assisted or created more chances , but no they want him running round the pitch like Ramsey and then have nothing to show for it.
— Olakunle Junaid (@SUEZJINES) February 2, 2018
He’s making a fool of himself and destroying his legacy at Arsenal, things folks will do for Tv Money!
— Simm3 (@GoonerSimms) February 2, 2018
Why does Ian Wright hate Ozil? Please someone
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubamenang7) February 2, 2018
Ian Wright when Ozil gets a statue ahead of him!! pic.twitter.com/chKQs9ppE1
— 'Arsenal Guvnor' (@ArsenalGuvnor) February 2, 2018
Not sure why Wright doesn't like Ozil – been swayed by the constant badgering of the media it seems. We all know he would have loved Ozil feeding him the ball during his playing years.
— Dylan A. Pearson (@DylanAPearson) February 2, 2018
Done listening to anything Ian Wright has to say. Man is the ultimate yer da and is just down right disrespectful to Ozil at any opportunity.
— Wengerball (@Henryesque) February 2, 2018