Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil has sparked speculation of a bust-up with manager Unai Emery after a cryptic social media post hours after the pair were spotted in deep discussions at training.
Ozil has barely featured this season having fallen out of favour under the Spaniard and the pair were seen holding a lengthy chat at training ahead of Thursday’s game with Vitoria.
The German playmaker posted a tweet on Wednesday evening showing him laughing at training, captioned “you make me laugh…”, with fans quick to presume the post was directed at his manager.
“Dig at Emery,” one fan quickly replied, with another stating “Shots fired, let’s go”.
Another went as far as to tag the boss, saying: “Yo @UnaiEmery_ he’s talking to you”.
Ozil’s situation has largely divided Arsenal fans, with the experienced international largely failing to live up to his status as their highest earner.
But his complete omission from first team action – playing just one Premier League game this season – has baffled many given their inconsistent form.
The Gunners suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Monday night and will now take on Portuguese side Vitoria on Thursday night.
Emery has previously claimed the door remains open for Ozil to come back into the fold if he impresses in training, whilst Ozil insisted he does not plan to leave the club before his contract expires in the summer of 2021 in an interview earlier this month.
He told The Athletic: “I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.
“When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career.
“I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.
“You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.”