World Cup-winning midfielder Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads, and said on Wednesday “loyalty is hard to come by nowadays”.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta took responsibility, saying he had “failed” with Germany playmaker Ozil, and that his exclusion was purely “a football decision”.
However, some Arsenal fans have pointed to his comments in December 2019 about the mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in China and suggested a link to his current exile.
In his social media statement on Wednesday, 32-year-old Ozil wrote: “I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.”
So what is behind the China suggestions?