Nacho Monreal claims things ended badly between Mesut Özil and Arsene Wenger, and that the former Arsenal midfielder had problems with everyone.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Nacho Monreal recalled his interpretation of the end of Mesut Özil’s spell playing under Arsene Wenger.
“Özil’s problem is that he had problems with everyone,” Monreal said. “It ended badly with Wenger, he didn’t play the last few games with him, then Emery tried to bring him back and make him our leader.
“To begin with, he (Emery) gave him (Özil) a lot of confidence, and Mesut played a lot, but the coach understood there were other teammates who were in better condition.
“Özil was one of the best players in the team, one of the best paid, but they saw he wasn’t at the level required.
“As a person, he was good with everyone, but he also missed a lot of games through injury.”
It’s true that Özil wasn’t involved at the very end of Wenger’s time at Arsenal. He didn’t play a Premier League match from April 2nd until the end of the season in mid-May, though he did play four Europa League matches during that period.
Once Arsenal were knocked out of Europe on May 3rd, that was the end of Özil’s season, with reports of a back injury.
If things really did end badly between Özil and Wenger, that obviously doesn’t look great for the 33-year-old.
We already know Özil’s spell under Unai Emery didn’t end well, with the Villarreal coach saying in 2020 that the player lacked attitude and commitment.
Then there was Freddie Ljungberg, who intended to drop Özil from his squad for the final game of his interim spell following the player’s reaction to his substitution in the previous game, saying:
“Mesut was injured, but I would not have picked him for the squad because I want to make a stance that it’s not what I accept from an Arsenal football player.”
After that, Özil was officially excluded from Mikel Arteta’s squad, and eventually sold to Fenerbahce.
At Fenerbahce, interim head coach Ismail Kartal reportedly decided to suspend Özil earlier this month following a verbal altercation between the two of them.
Özil’s time on the pitch seems to be going pretty well this season, with nine goals and two assists in 26 games. As Monreal says, there’s also not much of a question over whether the player gets on with his teammates as a person.
When it comes to his managers, it’s getting more and more difficult to ignore the developing pattern.