Lukas Podolski adds his voice to the Mesut Ozil vs Arsenal debate

Lukas Podolski doesn’t think it makes sense for Arsenal to kick out Mesut Ozil no matter what the situation is.

Ozil has been omitted from the Arsenal registered squads for the Premier League and the Europa League this season.

The German hasn’t played for the club since March as Mikel Arteta became fed up with his lack of effort.

The Spaniard, in need of results, has turned to his trusted players and that has kept Ozil on the sidelines.

The club wanted to get rid of him in the last transfer window, but he was insistent on staying.

With a big squad to choose from, Mikel Arteta has decided to omit the German from his plans.

Podolski, who played for Arsenal between 2012 and 2015, and was teammates with Ozil in the German national team claims that no matter what the issue was behind the scene, Ozil didn’t deserve to be treated the way he has been treated.

“I want to know the background, but I generally think with a player who is now in his sixth or seventh year with the club, to kick him completely out of the squad that’s not okay,” he told BILD via Sportwitness.

“You don’t do something like that, and I don’t know if something happened in the background or not but even if he’s done something, you don’t do it.

“I don’t know, of course, if there is something going on in the background or not but even if there is something like that you don’t do it, mainly so you can keep his class on the pitch.”

Tags Lukas Podolski Mesut Ozil


  1. Arsenal is a business, not charity or non-profit making organisation. Just because Ozil has 7yrs with the club, it doesn’t warrant his behaviour. But ultimately he’ll leave the club, come June 2021.

    1. Yes that’s accurate. What people should understand also that the players in the EPL and even the rest of Europe are not cognizant of the transformation. Players will form unions to protect their business interest as well. Expect negotiations to include profit sharing, retirements planning and injuries settlements to come into play. Business works both ways or it doesn’t.

    2. A stupid business when your most prized asset is relegated to not producing anything while being awarded handsomely nonetheless. That sounds very much like a charity. Or stupidity. Or pride.

  2. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and Podolski has given his.

    Just noticed that Matty Smith, who won a cup winners medal and was then immediately sent out to Swindon Town on loan, has just seen his new employers on the receiving end of the magical FA Cup – knocked out in the first round!!
    Beaten 2-1 by Darlington from the National League North.
    Funny old game.

  3. Snr players like Ozil are supposed to be raw models on and off the pitch. But Ozil has chosen to be a
    > he doesn’t turp up for training
    > when he does, he is not committed
    > he plays when he feels like or else he feigns illness

    1. I smell BS.

      If a player didnt turn up to training like you say, showed no commitment like you say or faked injury or illness then the club would be perfectly within their rights to tear up that contract and sack the player as all of that is in breach of contract

    2. Here is the real news:
      Ahead of the game at the Emirates Stadium the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, William Saliba, Calum Chambers, and Thomas Partey were put through their paces at the club’s London Colney training base.

      Throughout the session, Mesut Ozil was at his creative best. He claimed assists for Hector Bellerin and Saliba, and also had one chalked off after Chambers was adjudged to have been in an offside position before putting the ball in the back of the net.
      And the playmaker was denied another assist by Lacazette.

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