Mesut Ozil is set to miss the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Östersunds FK on Thursday night and Gooners aren’t having any of it.
Ozil has turned into the king of pulling a sickie this season.
The 29-year-old has been ruled out of matches due to illness more times than any other player: six.
Mesut Ozil "should" be OK for the Carabao Cup final. Missed sessions on Monday and Tuesday because of illness. #AFC
*No PL player has more reported absences due to sickness over the past year .
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) February 21, 2018
“His immune system is in trouble and I don’t know why. We hope we can improve that medically,” Arsene Wenger said ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League match at the Emirates, reports the Mirror.
“He came back from Ostersund [where Arsenal won the first leg 3-0] on Thursday night, practised Friday and Saturday. Since Monday, he was in bed.
“Today was the first session.
“I would certainly have played him but because he was sick, he will have to work hard and he will not be involved against Ostersund. He should be OK for Sunday.”
Fans are beginning to wonder whether the German really does have the worst immune system in the world of football, or if he’s actually ill at all.
You see, thanks to social media, fans can often keep a close eye on footballers’ off-pitch exploits and, on Monday, Ozil and his fiance, Amine Gülşe, shared pictures of the two of them in Istanbul, where the former Miss Turkey is from.
Ozil and his bride-to-be looked just fine as they soaked up the sun abroad, which is fine and dandy, since Arsene Wenger said he had been on his sickbed from Monday onward and the pictures could have been taken on Sunday… It just seems a bit suspicious is all.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 21, 2018
Is the playmaker just deciding if and when he plays now? Or is he really that sickly?
What’s even more concerning is that when Ozil isn’t sick, he’s sidelined with ‘knee inflammation’, which has repeatedly flared up this season.
The question is, why would Ozil and Wenger repeatedly lie about the playmaker’s health just so he can have a day off? Surely, they wouldn’t make it this transparent and the player would be more conscious of what he shares online.
Therefore, I’m inclined to believe that Ozil really is ill.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
Most Arsenal fans have started to get more than a little cynical over Ozil’s frequent illnesses.
Wasnt he in turkey all week?
— Lukas Cummins (@lukascummins93) February 21, 2018
He’s always sick these days…
— Smokey👽 (@SmokeMyPipee_) February 21, 2018
— David (@david_ison91) February 21, 2018
Ozil wasn’t in bed, he was in Istanbul with his gf 😒
— The Enforcer (@Naijarsenal) February 22, 2018
Looked ok on Sunday pic.twitter.com/5jPin8UKXY
— Pazza (@pazza1971) February 21, 2018
“In bed” with Gulse Amine in Turkey 🤣🤣
— Saksham Makani (@sakshammakani) February 21, 2018
There’s a reason why he’s called Oz-ill
— James Gallagher (@jimmyjackhaynes) February 21, 2018
I’ve never known anyone to be ill like him
— Peter Sharp (@SharpyPeter) February 21, 2018
Proper Sicknote that lad.
— AFC Gavla (@afc_gavla) February 21, 2018
Maybe Mesut’s pet name for her is sickness. Like the time George Best spent all weekend in bed with his gf and said he’d had a touch of the flu. She sent him a card: Roses are red. Violets are blue. I’ve never been called a touch of the flu…
— Jo Lamiri (@jolamiri) February 21, 2018
He’s our highest-paid player… I love Mesut but not sure why’s he’s given the special treatment all the time and is allowed to pick and choose which games he plays in?
— Jo Lamiri (@jolamiri) February 21, 2018
That bloke has more sickness than anyone I know. In any other job he’d be in front of HR
— Liam (@Liam0205) February 21, 2018
Next, some fans aren’t bothered at all
2. Are you for real?
Some aren’t bothered, as long as he plays in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Why are people complaining Ozil isint playing tomorrow?. Are you actually for real? There’s a cup final 3 days after.
— Aido (@HandofHenry) February 21, 2018
Why would you play someone who needs to be rested for the EFL Cup Final
— YaGunnersYa11 (@yagunnersya711) February 21, 2018
Ozil purposely out of Ostersunds so he can ball against City ahhhhh 💉💉💉
— Ben⁶¹ (@ReissNelson61) February 22, 2018
Ozil biggest baller i know, guy literally can take games off if he doesn’t want to play😂 https://t.co/TjrMNN7LQ7
— Marlo (@steveciancioIo) February 21, 2018
Ozil can do whatever he wants
— ADINO THE EZNITE! (@_Aikay_) February 21, 2018