Will Mesut Ozil’s tirade against the media force changes to be made?

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has emphatically quit international duty this week, blaming media hypocrisy and bias as one of the key reasons.

The Gunners midfielder has been a key player for his country since 2009, but has made the huge decision to quit at the age of 29, three or so years earlier than when most make the jump.

Ozil has raised some points which will need to be looked at strongly, and will no doubt be a huge talking point, and he has taken to Twitter to express his strongest points also.

He said: “no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect”.

He added: “Racism should never, ever be accepted.

“This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me.”

The midfielder reserved his sharpest words for Mr Grindel, alleging that the federation president had been “patronising” towards him.

He continued: “I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly.”

The footballer claimed that Mr Grindel had made “unforgivable and unforgettable” comments about immigrants and Muslims in the past.


Will Ozil’s remarks force any changes? Could this prove distracting to our pre-season?

Pat J

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  1. JJPawn says:

    [He said: “no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect”.]

    Then should Ozil leave Arsenal as well?

    1. Martin says:

      Exactly why should he leave Arsenal? He was purely talking about the insults he received from Germany

      1. Xxnofx says:

        Don’t confuse racism with fans expectations
        Strong word to use these days ,just beacause us as fans expect more from him don’t make us racists does it ?
        It’s his job to perform and we have every right as fans “who contribute to part of his massive wages “to not be happy when he doesn’t perform

        1. OzzieGunner says:

          The issue is that he has had to suffer disproportionate blame for Germany’s failure. He was far from Germany’s worst player in the two games he played. His natural concern is that football is a team game; win as a team, lose as a team.

    2. kenno says:

      What is his retirement at international level got to do with arsenal. I think Ozil is been very clear in his submission. All of us read what was coming out of the Germain media plus comments from former players that he shouldnt have even been included in their first game and this consequently led to the coach to drop him against Sweden. I think the immigrants issue is a sensitive issue that should be handled carefully with tact especially when it involves racism as it has the effect of belittling an individual. Arsene wenger Said that the Ozil at world cup was quite very different from the one he knew at Arsenal and that spoke volumes that the player was not himself. The whole Germany team was awful and played badly with or without Ozil and it would be unfair for him to be labeled a scapegoat for their early exit.

      1. Big Charley says:

        Kenno you are on point, other teams found Germany style of play out and did what has to be done to stop them. I thought the whole team was awful and other teams as well. But to scapegoat him and call him names is totally unacceptable. He has been an outstanding player for Germany for a long time. As to Arsenal we were more than poor last season, even in games he didn’t take part in. A new era has come and we hope to see good creative and defensive football.

    3. Malch95 says:

      When did Arsenal fans call him a “goat f#$+er”. We slate his body language yes but an arsenal fan would never disrespect their own like that, Germany should be ashamed.

      1. HRM says:

        Really?? You lot call most players who are humans like you, deadwood, donkey, headless chicken etc. How is that different from goat f*#@er? Hypocrites!!!
        By the way, I am an a gooner to the bone!!

        1. OzzieGunner says:

          To be honest, being accused of beastiality is worse than being called “deadwood”, “donkey” etc.

  2. Ken1945 says:

    Anybody who watched the world cup and Germany in particular, will know that Ozil is being used as a scapegoat.
    I admire the man for coming out and explaining why he has taken the stance that he has.
    I just hope that when he plays his first game of the season for us, the crowd will show him how much we appreciate what he brings to the team.
    There is no room for racism in the world and I have NEVER witnessed it at our club.
    Long may it continue.

    1. Ken1945 says:

      Just read JJPawns comment, can you explain exactly when and where you think the club or it’s supporters have ever shown him any disrespect or racism?
      There are individuals on here who have disrespected him, but never any racism comments whatsoever.
      He has never been subjected to the abuse he got in Russia when playing at the Emirates so I don’t understand your question, can you explain please.

      1. JJPawn says:

        Why has Ozil been targeted at Arsenal for all these years? Despite his work in creating chances, that was his job, he was often blamed for Arsenal’s problems. There was commentary that he was not playing for the team and giving a 100%. The scapegoating of Ozil has been going on for some time, and certain Arsenal fans and former players are party to it.

        1. Big Charley says:

          Yes JJPawn, his work is to create and he does that ever so well. Do you know that up until Germany was eliminated, he was the only player who created the most chances in a single game, 8 in total, German goals scorers didn’t convert the chances and yet he was called all kinds of name. Not everyone will show aggression while playing football or in other cases in life. He is a very gentle personality yet he does his job for country and Arsenal. If a child is very brilliant but quite, gentle and shy does that disqualify his intellectual ability? Please people should stop calling other people names because of their personality.

        2. Ken1945 says:

          JJPawn, you haven’t answered my questions have you?
          When has Ozil been subjected to racial or any other kind of
          abuse at the Emirates?
          He stated quite clearly the reasons for his announcement to quit international football and there was not one mention of our club and the supporters.
          So how did you arrive at the assumption he should leave Arsenal?
          I repeat that in all my time supporting the club (over 65 years) I have never witnessed racial abuse of any player, let alone one with our shirt on!

          1. jon fox says:

            KEN , HE HASN’T ANSWERED AS HE MADE A RIDICULOUS ALLEGATION AND HE KNOWS, as well as we sensible ones also know, that there is not a shred of truth in what he says. On e of the important things I like about football and esp British football is that racism is non-existent in grounds and will not be tolerated. I wish this were the same at certain other countries. Racism and national corruption were two of the reasons I TOOK THE DECISION NOT TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP AND THUS CONDONE RUSSIA AND THE WAY THE STATE, (THOUGH NOT ALL THE PEOPLE) BEHAVE. Life principles are FAR more important than football, though principled and honestly run football is a huge force for good.

          2. OzzieGunner says:

            jon, I agree it has been greatly reduced; however to claim that racism at British grounds is “non existent” may not be correct.

          3. jon fox says:

            Perhaps I should have said, virtually non -existent. Even 0.0000000001% ( and sadly it is perhaps more than that )is totally unacceptable.

          4. OzzieGunner says:


        3. Cheadle says:

          English media popularised the scapegoating of Mesut Ozil citing his laid back style etc. etc. (Much like Berbatov) with the armchair experts blaming him for every Arsenal loss. It was therefore relatively easy to explain Germany’s shocking WC exit. A team that drilled the Brazilians… the Brazilians (7-1) training ground style in 2014, were themselves sent packing embarrassingly in 2018, The efficient relentless machine/defending champs out in first round? why? How? WHO?… errr..errr.. Mesut-picture posing-Ozil of course…

          ….Not the selection of a goalkeeper with insufficient league minutes, not the omission of a certain winger with an afro, Not the fact that they were outplayed from game 1 and lost confidence or maybe the “relentless machine” had simply run out of steam as all machines eventually do.

          In bizarre fashion, the standard corporate response to a disastrous performance i.e. “railroading the top management” was passed up in favour of “stringing up” and “burning” one operative at the stake. The CEO of a top German team even went as far as saying “his decline had been evident for years”.

          These guys may have kept their jobs for now but what happens when the wheels come off the”Relentless machine” next time?

          Ozil is not the G.O.A.T. but his achievements are there for all to see. Player decline as a natural phenomenon is applicable to every footballer and it is nothing to be ashamed of.
          A number of things help mitigate this..
          — Play in a BIG CLUB
          — Presence of other superstars and young talents
          — Adapting your game and focusing on the skill that matters the most. CR7 abandoned his speedy dribbling long ago and toughened his body for in-situ goal scoring and to achieve that, players around him must prepare the goal scoring chances for him to finish.

          In Ozil’s case if one or two of his several “chances created” per game need to be put away.

  3. pires says:

    Sadley we barley see the Ozil of Real Madrid.That’s the real problem…. it doesn’t excuse racisme though….

    1. Martin says:

      Nonsense. Ozil has been our most creative player in the 5 years he has been with Arsenal and his record of assists and chances created is up up there with best in the Premiership

      1. Phelyx says:

        Who else is the best if not him

  4. RSH says:

    Probably not. This sentiment happens all over the world as the demographics of countries continue to shift. Immigration has never not happened during human civilization, but when it’s between people of the same skin tone it’s easier to be accepted, and you stand out less. German media should be ashamed for picking on one player. it should be about football and at the end of the day, all of the Germans players failed miserably and that’s not Ozil’s burden to bare alone. I wouldn’t want to put on that shirt again either.

    1. RSH says:

      In general I’ve been very disappointed with how the internet has viewed some of the players at the world cup. “Africa wins world cup”, “so/so is not ‘really’ English/Belgian/French”. Maybe this is mostly people who don’t follow football saying this stuff, maybe world events during the past 4 years has caused people to be so disrespectful, because i don’t remember this nonsense during 2014. Fans have no business defining other peoples nationalities and cultures. When players put on their countries shirt, and are singing the anthem it’s clearly a proud moment and it stinks to see people be so cynical about it.

      1. RSH says:

        last thing, I’ve read that only Boateng backed up Ozil on this subject. Imagine that. Your so-called friends not standing up for you when there is clearly an agenda against you. Coward german players as well who are too afraid of standing up to a bullying media and bullying FA.

        1. Yea, Ozil’s german teammates threw him under the bus. The media got a scapegoat and they happily let Ozil take the fall just to save themselves from any blame. One Toni Kroos and Khedira were particularly diabolical in the world cup. Kroos was like a statue in midfield. He was the biggest dissapointment, not Ozil.

          1. dragunov762mm says:

            Last match against Korea was the sumps up of what was happen.
            Ozil made at less made three golden assist. Two for Hummel and one for Werner. Their finishing not even on target. Hummel himself should score hattrick if this German team played in their “normal mode”. The worst of all them was Thomas Mueller.
            To put one man as escape goat and enemy of his own country is very very cruel thing. Shame on you Germans!

          2. OzzieGunner says:


  5. Eddie Hoyte says:

    I stand with him %150.. You see his reply to the media and Germany shows he’s got character, something we all think he lacks. Anyone who read the whole post would see the anger in his words, plus it takes a lot of balls and courage to call out and question people in power which he did. Man he even called out some sponsorship companies and told em all off.
    I say we need to lay off his back and just continue to show him our support. Emery has already said he plans to work with Ozil in a different way, I’m sure he’ll come good. He said there’s nothing wrong in people questioning and criticizing him when he plays badly but that he’s done being the scapegoat for the whole German team. I’m really impressed by everything he said in his posts.

    1. hardave says:

      The German FA and media has done a huge favor for us. They kicked a man when he was already down and now he’s going to rise up like never before. I’m saddened by what happened to Ozil but looking at the bright side, every time there’s international break Ozil will be fresh as a cucumber. I have been very critical of Ozil’s peformance in the past year or so but now I’m looking forward to how he responds to all his critics on the field. He used to be a darling to the Germans but now he’s only accepted and loved by Arsenal. I’m confident Ozil will prove everyone his worth plus with Auba and Laca in front of him, and Toreira behind him, I wouldn’t be surprise if he breaks the assists record. Up and onwards Ozil and Arsenal.

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    2. dragunov762mm says:

      Because quiet man like Ozil usually take his time to think, not to speak Eddie.
      He keep quiet and absorb bad things, and will explode it when he feel enough.

  6. Darwin says:

    I agree completely with Eddie. Mesut’s demeanor seems laid back, but in the three letters he released, he didnt hold anything back. German Football Association, German Media, His sponsors, he attacked them all, that to by taking their names, tell me which coward would have such balls to do it. I know I couldnt do it for sure.

    I know people expect him to do better, even I do, cause i have a special place for Ozil for coming to Arsenal when no high profile player would even consider us. But that shouldnt mean we should expect him to be like Sanchez etc. Sancehz runs like a beast, and his celebrations after goals are also energetic. but compare that to Ozils celebrations, its quite quite timid just like his lay. Some people are just like that, cant change that.

    I urge Arsenal supporters to get behind Ozil for atleast this year (those who want him out). He needs our support, you can see how much he has been affected. If we do, we will have a very determined player on our hands, albeit in the same lazy play he plays. 🙂

    Cheers Fellow Arsenal supporters

    1. Eddie Hoyte says:


    2. Lunga says:

      Support for Ozil all the way please gunners! !!

      1. tas says:

        I will put aside my disappointment of Ozil’s lack of zonal defending and back him all the way,

  7. ruelando says:

    I may complain about the way Ozil plays for Arsenal, but the entire German Team and country are a bunch of cowards and hypocrites, i have only heard a few people coming out and defend him.

    There is a saying i read a couple years ago, no matter the good you do, no matter the riches you earn and the wars you have conquered, you are still a slave in the eyes of man.

  8. Innit says:

    We need to get behind all our players and the manager. And hope they ignore the destractions or at least play through them .

    I’m Eager to see how Emery deals with Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Lacazette. Hopefully he can get the best out of them and make them run like a well oiled machine.

    Even with Torreira our defense is still a big question mark for me though. But Torreira is exciting signing. Shows a big change from Wenger to Emery. Emery respects defensive midfielder position and understands its importance.

  9. Sue says:

    I’m glad he named & shamed….. it’s disgusting that he’s been used as the scapegoat…..

  10. wengers coat says:

    The German FA is playing defense, I think there are politics behind it for his position. Everyone wants to sit at the throne.

  11. Lucia says:

    What is worrying is what humanity has turned into. The school he went to turned him and his charitable act down.may God/Allah help us.
    I feel for the guy and the painful part is ex players calling him out,blaming him. Anyone who watched the world cup knew the biggest let down in that German team was neur,kros and khedira yet ozil is the scapegoat. Well I say good riddance I hope he comes good and we will cheer our throats out to you mesut.
    Talking about hypocrites just look at lothar mathius taking pictures with Putin.smh
    Germans are racist and will always be.
    I remember 2016 my sister traveled to Germany and one day she went to church . she came in and sat down, a German lady who was sitted beside her had to leave that chair, you know why her skin is different. She is black regardless she is a Canadian citizen but the Germany lady didnt care. All she did was she can’t sit with a black lady.
    Regarding ozil situation I hope the German fa regrets it

  12. Innit says:

    When Ozil lifted the World Cup trophy he was considered German. When they lost this summer he became an immigrant. Football can be a fickle sport.

  13. Lunga says:

    Support for Ozil please gunners

    1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

      We’ve got Ozil, Mesut Ozil !
      I just don’t think you understand !
      He’s a brave and honest man,
      He’s better than most Germans (especially that racist dickhead Grindel)
      We’ve got Mesut Ozil !

  14. Balogs says:

    The world we live in!!! Just sad his supposed friends turned a blind eye to his travials. I hope he comes good again. COYG.

  15. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    I grew up in Germany and lived there for 10years (but am from Nigeria). I haven’t been there since 2005. My experience is like this: the overwhelming majority of Germans are reasonable people. Some might be a bit weirded out by a foreigner, but they’re not hostile and will look at you as a human being in any case, treated with due respect. Then there are the more progressive minded who make a clear effort to be more welcoming. And then there are the bigots and racists, especially in the old Eastern Germany areas. In school, kids can sometimes spout racist stereotypes and racist toilet humor, but usually teachers would straighten them out. Me and my liberal minded friends would often make fun of meat head bigots, because their agenda seemed hopeless back in 2005. They were the laughing stock of the wider political landscape. Now looking at things from afar, I’m depressed how far things seem to have regressed into the comfortable xenophobic bigotry overall. The fact that so much of the German press is using such rhetoric is unbelievable and disgusting, so I feel a strong sense of kinship with Ozil, and though it’s weird I feel I’m really fucking proud of him, to come out this strongly, to state his case this clearly and make such a difficult decision.
    German multiculturalism is a great idea, but the people who always insist that it could never work are the very problem they’re referring to. I know that for inclusiveness to work, all sides need to come together in good will. I know that there’s mistakes on foreigners as well. Me being a foreigner, we made the effort to integrate, to not shut ourselves off from German society and learned the language etc (I’m more fluent in German than my mother tongue), so to foreigners, I would set that expectation. But in cases like Ozil’s, it’s pure racism, xenophobia and rhetoric. This has nothing to do with football, and this is a shameful moment in German football and society in general.

    1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

      Yes, there’s a large amount of Turkish people in Germany. Integration hasn’t gone well in some places, where Turkish communities band together and you’d see entire streets with nothing but Turkish stores with Turkish writings. Then there’s the rare issue of some Turks ignoring German law, stuff like a brother beating up or killing his sister for sullying the family’s honor because she slept with a German, stuff like this.
      I feel that Turks in Germany feel unwelcome, they feel alienated and thus keep to themselves, which I understand, but it’s not helping. Many Turks still make a good life for themselves though and really prefer to not go back to Turkey, probably because of political freedom and economic opportunity. Then there’s the second generation who really don’t know anything else than life in Germany.
      On the other side there’s the Germans who treat individual Turks with disrespect out of simple racism and stereotypes and prejudice, reinforced by media reports (blown out of proportion or not) of Turkish immigrant transgressions. It’s a vicious cycle, can only be broken by genuine effort from both sides, but I don’t see it really happening anytime soon…

      1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

        This is the point he makes. If he played shit, call his performance shit. But do not
        a) ignore the other shit performances and single him out and do not
        b) link it to ethnicity or roots or religion or anything else. That is the point.

        anyway, Really impressive series of statements from Ozil. From what he has put out, it looks very much like he was thrown under the bus. Not looking to get into arguments and rhetoric and anything else about what happened, but it takes courage to call people in power and media out on their bullshit.
        Anyway, a big plus for Arsenal certainly. I would rather he retired from international duty on a high note, but as an Arsenal fan first and foremost it is great that our playmaker will get to rest and hopefully have a great season with the team. COYG!!!

        Though, I still thinks he can do better than what he’s done in the last year’s for Arsenal. I’m one of his Critic but he’s earned my respect and total support … ya gooner ya

    2. OzzieGunner says:


  16. Declan says:

    I think Ozil has been treated disgustingly by the German Football Federation, the German media, sponsors and a lot the German people in general. He will have total support of not only Arsenal fans but I think the football fan base as a whole in this country. Our country is tolerant of most things but when it comes to institutional racism engendered not only by an organisation but also a country then our tolerance is stretched to the limit. I cannot believe the arrogance of some people!
    I am also not sure about the stance of the article written here and exactly what the writer means regarding the nead for changes? The inference is that Arsenal and the UK press are somehow complicit in all this and they are certainly not. #SupportOzil.

  17. Alldwayfromafika says:

    All of a sudden we are all behind ozil after he was treated like shiit by the germans as well as us fans who base all our thought process on the outlet of the media…shame on them German for treating a player who was synonymous with being the ” best German player” for years like shiit and shame on us fans for allowing the media and everyone out there to treat one of us as shiit.

  18. Badenglish says:

    Uli Hoeneß the President of Bayern Munich sad today that Mesut Özil haven’t won a Tackling vor Germany since five years.

    1. Eddie Hoyte says:

      The same mofo that Sold Toni Kroos for 25million? Lol…I don’t even bother to listen to some people

    2. Mobella says:

      Yet he won German player of the year twice in those five years. You will do better by not taking that man serious. When the image and integrity of a man is violated and attacked like that does this idiot still expect him to stay around and still be scapegoating. Everyone that is someone in German football said he shouldn’t have been in the squad for the world cup, the poor guy got the memo and quit and still get vilified for quitting. These Germans are pussy.

  19. Alldwayfromafika says:

    Oh the madt man that evaded tax…please these guys are not worth….where was nuer boeteng hummels oh the ghost of Muller?

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