Photo: Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after missing game
Mesut Ozil takes to social media to explain his absence after Arsenal's 5-0 win over Burnley on Sunday
Mesut Ozil has taken to social media to explain his absence from Arsenal’s final home game of the season against Burnley on Sunday.
The Germany international was not involved as the Gunners notched up a comfortable 5-0 win over the Clarets at The Emirates in what was Arsene Wenger’s final home game in charge of the club.
Arsenal have missed out on a top-four finish for the second season running, meaning that the Gunners are going to have to settle for another campaign without Champions League football at The Emirates.
Ozil has missed a number of games due to injury this term and he has only started 24 games for the north London side in the Premier League this season.
However, the 29-year-old has taken to social media to play down concerns about his fitness as he insisted that he should be fit to play for Germany at the World Cup in Russia.
Ozil posted the picture above on his personal Instagram account and wrote the caption: “It is a pity I missed yesterday’s match with my back injury. It’ll need some time but I’m sure I’ll fully recover in time for the World Cup.
“Once again I’d like to thank our boss for everything. It was an honour playing for you, Monsieur Wenger! Thanks for all your advice and memories we shared together. 🙏🏼 @Arsenal #merciarsene.”
Arsenal will take on Leicester City in the Premier League on Wednesday night, before Wenger’s final game in charge against Huddersfield Town next weekend.
Ozil has scored five goals and made 12 assists in all competitions for the north London side this season.