Photo: Mesut Ozil sends heartfelt message to Arsenal’s title rival

The Arsenal midfielder sends a birthday message to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan

A photo posted by Mesut Özil (@m10_official) on

Mesut Ozil has sent a birthday message to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

The Germany internationals are Premier League title rivals this season as Gundogan’s Manchester City side top the Premier League table.

Arsenal are level on points with the Premier League leaders after nine top-flight outings so far this season.

Gundogan moved to Pep Guardiola’s Citizens side in the summer on a free transfer from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

World Cup winner Ozil is still waiting to win his first Premier League title in his fourth season in the English top flight.

And the Arsenal midfielder posted the above photo on his Instagram page and wrote the following caption:

“I want to wish you all the best to your 26th birthday! Keep it up, you’re a great person! 😊🎉 @dfb_team #HappyBirthday #Abi #bro @ilkayguendogan”

Ozil has scored three goals in eight Premier League appearances so far this season.

The Germany midfielder has made one assist in five top-flight games in his first campaign at the Eastlands outfit.

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City played out a 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A day earlier, Arsenal were held to a goalless draw with Middlesbrough.

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