An interesting story about the recent behavior of former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil started to gain attention online Monday.
Ozil, of course, secured a long-awaited departure from North London in January 2021.
After being deemed in excess of requirements, and subsequently banished by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, it came as no surprise that a mutual agreement was reached on termination of the contract.
The German, in turn, went on to put pen on paper on terms with the Turkish giants Fenerbahce, watching the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign in Istanbul.
Since then, Ozil has enjoyed a mixed start to the new season, contributing two goals and an assist in appearances in six of Fener’s eight Super Lig outings thus far.
However, only three of these screenings have been presented in the form of openings.
And, as described above, this past weekend, the 32-year-old finally made his dissatisfaction with his level of recent playing time clear.
Fenerbahce returned to action on Sunday, welcoming Kasimpasa to the Turkish capital in hopes of maintaining his place at the top of the Super Lig table.
And, when all was said and done, the Yellow Canaries did exactly that, thanks to a 2-1 victory.
However, the end result was not without drama.
Ozil, on the back of a bout of illness, was benched early on against Kasimpasa, with Diego Rossi instead used in an offensive midfield role for the hosts.
The former, however, continued to heat up along the touchline for a full 40 minutes during the course of the second half, evidently keen to make his mark on the proceedings.
In turn, as the showdown entered its final stages, and it became increasingly apparent that he would not be awarded his seventh appearance of the campaign, Ozil made his feelings clear.
Returning to the bench, the enigma of the midfield threw its number in the direction of coach Vitor Pereira, provoking criticism during the next 24 hours.
The moment Mesut Özil, who couldn’t get into the match despite warming up for 40 minutes in the Fenerbahçe – Kasımpaşa match, threw his vest in front of Vitor Pereira… pic.twitter.com/U7gQhUEghN
– Okan Beltek (@obeltek) October 4, 2021
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