It seems to be a case of one step forward, two steps back for Arsenal this season.
Last weekend’s excellent performance and 1-0 victory away to Manchester United was followed up by a dismal 3-0 home loss to Aston Villa on Sunday.
‘Dismal’ is probably being generous, too.
Mikel Arteta’s side didn’t even look like scoring during the 90 minutes and deserved to walk away empty-handed.
The loss also brought up a rather alarming stat.
It's now been six hours and 26 minutes since Arsenal last scored a goal from open play in the Premier League.
That came during the 2-1 victory over Sheffield United back on October 4.
Since then, Arsenal have lost 1-0 to Manchester City and Leicester, beaten Man Utd 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang’s penalty and now lost 3-0 to Villa.
If only they had a playmaker capable of unlocking opponent defences and providing chances for the likes of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on a regular basis.
Of course, they already do but he hasn’t been named in the club’s Premier League squad.
We’re talking about Mesut Ozil.
The German, who is picking up £350,000-per-week in wages, was left out of both Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the 2020/21 season.
Instead, he’s turned into something of a cheerleader on social media during Arsenal matches.
There wasn’t much to cheer during Arsenal’s shock loss to Aston Villa but fans did notice his activity on Twitter during the game.
Ozil ‘liked’ three tweets during the 3-0 defeat and they all had a pretty similar theme.
“#FreeOzil miss you bro,” read the first one
Another read: “Free Mesut Ozil.”
And a third said: “I miss you @MesutOzil1088.”
He clearly misses playing football and appreciated the messages of support during the match.
After being left out of Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad, Ozil reacted with an emotional message on Instagram.
He wrote: "I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the @premierleague season for the time being. Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated. As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays."
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