MESUT OZIL has labelled Arsene Wenger 'respectful, fair and honest' – just a day after branding Arsenal 'disloyal'.
The Gunners outcast posted an affectionate birthday message to his former boss but appeared to include a veiled dig at the North London club.
Wenger turned 70 yesterday, and Ozil took to Twitter to wish him many happy returns.
The playmaker uploaded two pictures of Wenger planting kisses on the German after Arsenal matches.
And alongside the nostalgic snaps, the 32-year-old wrote: "Happy Birthday, boss!
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"Thanks for all your trust and support you've given me from my first until your last day @Arsenal FC.
"Without a doubt one of the greatest managers in the Premier League history – always respectful, fair & honest. Wishing you all the best."
The message came just a day after isolated Ozil released a statement blasting Arsenal's lack of loyalty.
Ozil has been left out of the Gunners’ 25-man Premier League squad, AND the club’s Europa League group.
Arsenal are desperate to offload the £350,000-a-week star, but Ozil claims he is determined ‘not to let’ his time at the Emirates end like this.
After remaining silent on his exclusion, the attacker came out to two-foot his employers with his Instagram statement.
Having explained his ‘disappointment’ and ‘difficulty’ in writing the message to supporters, he soon got stuck into the club and boss Mikel Arteta.
The former Real Madrid man said: “Upon signing my 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.”
Ozil continued: “Before the coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level.
“But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal.”
Arsenal boss Arteta claimed Ozil has nobody to blame but himself before the Gunners' 2-1 Europa League victory at Rapid Vienna last night.
And after the game, Ozil was offered a pundit role in the BT Sport studio when he revealed he watched the match on TV.
Earlier this month, Wenger opened up on the confrontation between Ozil and Arsenal saying more is going on behind the scenes.
And former Gunners defender Sol Campbell called the ex-German international 'yesterday's news'.
This is a difficult message to write to the @Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years. 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. I've always tried to remain positive from week to week that there's maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That's why I kept silent so far. Before the Coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we've been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level.But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. What else can I say? London still feels like home, I still have many good friends in this team, and I still feel a strong connection with the fans of this club. No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th season at Arsenal end like this. 🙏🏼🙏🏼 I can promise you that this hard decision won't change anything in my mindset – I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice. #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa
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