Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has taken a pop at former boss Unai Emery. The German has issued a subtle dig to the Spaniard in an interview with The Sun.
Ozil was constantly frozen out under the club’s former boss but has been frequent in the team under Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners have picked up a little bit under the new boss and recently secured back-to-back victories over Manchester United and Leeds in the FA Cup.
Ozil believes that Arteta is the right man to revive the club’s flailing fortunes and made a subtle dig towards Emery.
He told The Sun: “It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues. Fighting and having possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time.
“These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it – everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time – it has made us successful.
“I think he’s the right man at this club.”
The 31-year-old maestro has been at Arsenal since 2013, signing from Real Madrid for £42.4 million (BBC).
During his time at the Emirates Stadium, he has played 247 games, scoring 43 goals and registering 76 assists.
To some supporters, he has never quite hit top form, however. Many criticise him constantly and Ozil has proved something of an enigma.
The fact he earns £350,000-a-week (Spotrac) has also counted against him in the eyes of some supporters.
On his day, however, he is one of Arsenal’s most creative players and he can be a big asset for Arteta.
His negative suggestions towards Emery are hardly surprising. During the start of the current campaign, he was frozen out, not even featuring in 18-man squads under the former PSG boss.
The man with 92 caps for Germany will hope to prove to people that he is capable of still having an impact on the Arsenal team.
With creative options limited for Arteta, it would appear that Ozil will get plenty of opportunities to keep winning over this fierce critics.