Mesut Ozil quits German national side, cites racism from DFB

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Mesut Ozil has announced that he will no longer play for the German national side following what he believes is racist treatment from the DFB and their president Reinhard Grindel in particular.

Over the course of today, the Arsenal playmaker has released a number of statements via his Twitter account to address a number of issues, including the picture taken with Turkish president Recep Erdogan which caused controversy in Germany.

It looked as if he was building towards this conclusion, and the final part of his third statement reads:

To you, Reinhard Grindel, I am disappointed but not surprised by your actions. In 2004 whilst you were a German member of Parliament, you claimed that “multiculturalism is in reality a myth [and] a lifelong lie”whilst you voted against legislation for dual-nationalities and punishments for bribery, as well as saying that Islamic culture has become too ingrained in many German cities. This is unforgivable and unforgettable.

The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.

People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has many players from dual-heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent.

It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.

This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. But when high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.

That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted.
Mesut Ozil

The three statements can be found in full below:

His statements require and deserve proper consideration. It’s well worth reading them and clearly he feels very strongly about this.

Mesut Ozil, World Cup winner 2014, feels he can longer represent the country of his birth.

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DB_10
DB_10

I stand with ozil…you don’t have to…I do

Gooooooonnnnnnnnaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnnnnnaaaaaaa

Im not German and not Turkish. I have utmost respect for everything Ozil stands for. The charity work he does is unbelievable yet never ever gets covered. He’s always been treated as a scapegoat and I’m proud of him for having the character and personality to stand up for himself.

I just really hope he’s hungry and eager to prove himself and not sulking after this. As arsenal fans we need to stop getting on his back and supporting him because he is a special player and a special person.

afan
afan

lots of people do charity work, ozil needs to man up, as he sulks to much

Pedant
Pedant

At least he can spell words properly and write proper sentences.

Pedant
Pedant

In his third language too.

A Different George
A Different George

Listen “afan”: we know you are a troll who just wants to stir things up, but this is not an issue in which you should participate. Keep out of things that matter in the real world and confine your attempts to divide people and make them angry to less important subjects.

David C
David C

I’m greedy, I’m just happy for his Arsenal career!!!!

— a neutral Irish-Canadian.

But seriously, in Canada absolutely no one says they are just Canadian. We are always Irish-Canadian, Indian-Canadian, etc. I totally understand Ozil’s position on this and felt pride reading his words about, most of all, equality.

Rochester
Rochester

DB_10 I’m in the US where a cockstain is currently in charge. I couldn’t agree with you more

Super Joshi
Super Joshi

Please don’t disrespect cockstains like that.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Had he taken a picture with Trump it would not have been a problem with the media. Ozil made the good point in his statement about Lothar Matthaus meeting Putin. Really can you name one president with a good human rights record? This is not to absolve Ozil. Erdogan is no saint. But as blogs made the point, he might not have had much of a choice. You don’t want to piss off a dictator with half your family there. Also, Saleh met Kadyrov during the world cup. It was a good example of Saleh not really having much of a say in the meeting.

KongoKim
KongoKim

Yes he made a good point with Lothar Matthäus meeting putin. But your point of “Really can name one president with a godd human rights record?” is definatly not! I think for a lot of peiople mesut is the scpaegioat and this is fucking unfair, but has nothing to do with whtav he did. Can refused! Why can’t Ilkay and Mesut do the same???

SizC
SizC

I was born and brought up in London. My parents come from Bangladesh. I’ve been a closet England fan because as a 10 year old child, I was told that I had no right to support England.

In Bangladesh, I’m referred to as a foreigner.

In my heart I am English and it’s sad that this country exposed me to the harshness of society. At the age of 10, I learnt the difference between nationality and ethnicity. Because I was a child supporting England!

I’ve seen a lot of meme’s about the French saying they are French when they win and foreign when they lose, I guess it’s a European thing? And they wonder why there are problems with integration!

The whole situation is sad. But my love for Mesut has multiplied by a million.

GooneeJust
GooneeJust

Great, he has now more time for Arsenal. Give us those thropies!!

Chris
Chris

I still think he should have known (or should have been advised at the very least) not to make his meeting with Erdogan so public. Judging by the overall reaction in Germany to their meeting this was very clearly something which he ought to have known – or knew – would upset people.

That is notwithstanding the fact that the level of vitriol he has received has been completely uncalled for. I just don’t think he comes out of this situation without bearing any culpability.

Ali
Ali

Oh please. The whole world watched a world cup hosted by Putin’s Russia, and will unashamedly do so in another 4 years, and you’re trying to hold Ozil to account for a photo with Erdogan?

Culpability my ass. This is exactly the problem Ozil is highlighting.

Chris
Chris

This isn’t the problem Ozil is highlighting. Of the numerous points he does highlight, he makes a number of really good points. He has been the scapegoat of the German team, and he has suffered racism. But, as I mentioned before, I think he has to accept some degree of blame, even if it’s minuscule, for his actions. Erdogan has a torrid record as the leader of Turkey. To stand with him as he did, without expecting any reaction, would be foolish.

I watched the World Cup, as I’m sure you did, and indeed most of the World. It’s a straw man’s argument. I’m trying to draw attention to the fact that Ozil could have handled this situation a bit better.

Mpls
Mpls

Perhaps with his family still living there he actually couldn’t handle it better.Erdogan’s a bad dude, and has put other sports figures and their families in bad positions before. He’ll silence journalists, you don’t think he’d aim his anger at public figures speaking ill of him?

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Excellent comment, life is complicated. You need to swallow bitter pills to survive at times. Plus Ozil is a Turkish and turkish people give Erdogan more than 50% of the vote ouright. I hate this Erdogan figure but that is the reality.

KongoKim
KongoKim

You both have a good point there. If it wasn’t the internet u guys might come to an conclusion after 2-3 pints.

Handbrakes
Handbrakes

Germany is a democracy, getting a photo taken with an elected leader of another country should not be a big deal. It might be distateful for some but the way it has rumbled on and on suggests something else is driving the agenda.

David
David

I read BLogs daily this morning and remembered how powerful journalism can be. the pen is mightier than the sword. Reason mightier than prejudice.

Well done Blogs a beautiful piece of writing.

squiggle
squiggle

I stand with Ozil against racism.

That doesn’t mean I stand with Ozil alongside Erdogan, a man who has stoked racism in his own country: https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/247381/in-erdogans-post-coup-turkey-anti-semitism-is-on-the-rise

Any racism towards Ozil must be condemned but a photo-op with a fairly brutal leader (who calls Germans Nazis when they won’t let him freely hold rallies in Germany while oppressing domestic opposition) is not something I can get behind, even if he plays for Arsenal. Some things are a lot more important than bloody football.

And yes, all leaders are probably fairly grey morally but to equate the behaviour of someone like Erdogan with all leaders is just student union nonsense.

Matthaus was criticised for meeting Putin, by the way ( https://www.rt.com/news/432461-bild-matthaus-putin-meeting/ ) An F2 driver has been widely derided for wanting to run a MAGA livery.

MexGooner
MexGooner

Wow. Disappointed for him. This goes some way to answering some questions about the divisions in the German locker room in Russia. I hope this leads to a renewed sense of place and purpose at Arsenal.

Pedant
Pedant

He’s 29 atm. Should have a few good years in him and more time to rest in international breaks.

Looking forward to seeing him be a big(ger) player for us.

Pedant
Pedant
Mpls
Mpls

I see this as more successful revelations of Ozil’s statement. Revealing these fucks for what they truly are. Intolerant bigots emboldened to reveal the fact they have only been hiding behind the facade of having ‘progressed’ with cultural tolerance.

And I’m not singling out Germany. It’s the whole fucking western world right now, and more. It’s shameful.

A Different George
A Different George

The Guardian pointed out that Hoeness must have based his comments on watching Ozil while he was in prison for tax evasion; he served real time, and was welcomed back to Bayern with hardly a murmur.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

They should be thankful for a bloke who had given them World Cup in 2014

afan
afan

as I recall, he didn,t do anything in the final, the rest of the team carried him

And_Unai_Said...
And_Unai_Said...

@afag, you sound very childish, but that isn’t your biggest problem.

A Different George
A Different George

“afan,” I repeat what I said earlier: this is not a discussion you should be part of. You are a troll, and we are discussing racism. Shut up and go away.

afan
afan

ERRR I wont shut up, and this is a discussion I should be very much apart of, being born in Brixton, I know more about racism than most of you on here will ever know, and if a troll is someone who tells the truth, then fine, I know what im talking about, unlike some, ok

A Different George
A Different George

I am not objecting to your knowledge, or lack of it, about racism or anything else. I am objecting to your lack of good faith. You have no interest in advancing the discussion, you are intent on angering people for the sole purpose of angering them. This is annoying but tolerable when we are talking about something like Aaron Ramsey’s value as a football player. It crosses the line when you pretend to engage in this discussion.

Gooooooonnnnnnnnaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnnnnnaaaaaaa

Arsenal have always been a special club that’s kind of like a family. Opinions on Ozil have been divided and some often give him a lot of stick. I understand a lot of fans’ frustration during wengers tenure but we need to start supporting our players 100% of the time as long as they represent our club.

Liverpool talk all this shit about “you’ll never walk alone” yet the treatment of Kaurius was disgraceful. He tried his best but wasn’t good enough, and unlike Suarez – who they supported unquestionably, Kaurius was never involved in any controversial incidents like being racist of bloody biting another person like a stray dog.

Time to stick together and bring the pride back to our club!

A Different George
A Different George

I’m not interested in defending Liverpool fans, but I don’t think this is the same at all. If you want a comparison, look at how a large section of the English press have treated Raheem Sterling (a player I have no special liking for).

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

Yes the divisions are clearly obvious.
In fact I just noticed that the DFB account on Instagram hardly had any pictures of Ozil or Gundogan during the world cup campaign. Ozil being one of their major stars, no wonder there was a feeling of being unwanted.

Well, their loss. More power to you Mesut.

THEEEO
THEEEO

Disgraceful how he has been treated by some and I for one am really impressed with how strongly he is hitting back.

DB_10
DB_10

It also goes some way to showing that he is someone who cares and has strength if character

DB_10
DB_10

*of*

thw14
thw14

Yeah, takes no prisoners. There’s real anger in that statement, something I thought he was incapable of.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Let’s hope the majority does it’s job of silencing most of the stupid criticism he gets when he’s wearing red.

afan
afan

he asked for it, and if cant handle it he should have kept quiet about it

Mpls
Mpls

Speaking out against racism and bigotry in no way EVER excuses more racist and bigoted attacks. Nothing excuses those behaviors.

Maul Person
Maul Person

He asked to be racially discriminated against and should keep quiet about it? This is what you’re saying, to be clear?

amspired
amspired

Time for all Arsenal fans to get behind him this coming season. What is Germany’s loss is Arsenal’s gain. We believe in you, Mesut. Lead us to glory this season!

Parlour’s Pay Packet
Parlour’s Pay Packet

Brave from Mesut to stand up and use his profile and influence to highlight this issue.

Goonerink

You’d think the least racist people in the 21st century would be the Germans, psychologically apologetic about the past.

When one of your best and most consistent players get hate you are supposed to support them, at the very least through fear of losing them.

Hopefully our gain I suppose!

Goooooooner

Ive lived in Germany for over 10 years. Im British. Im subjected to racism almost every day. So no. Most of my german work mates wanted him gone out of the team.

Alex
Alex

I’m not German but I have followed Mesut for years. The Germans don’t like him, yes, why? Because the media have been harassing him for years and years, always making him down. Even 4 years ago after the victory.

Wolf
Wolf

To be fair, he was voted “Germany Player of the Year” 5 times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), so a very big proportion of Germans do or did like him. The whole Erdogan story is complex and not many parties have come out looking too good.

Adam
Adam

Complex how? Does he not have a right to talk to whoever he wants?

I don’t see the complexity! You’re either free to do what you want or your not!

afan
afan

racism is everywhere, and always will be, it doesn,t matter where someone comes from, or who they are, it will always be here

Sànde Class
Sànde Class

While what afan said MIGHT seem to some/most, think it’ll be better if we all looked at this a tad deeper. Even if it’s just to give him/her the benefit of doubt. 🙂

Mpls
Mpls

That doesn’t make it all hunky-dory. It is never excusable no matter where or how frequently you find it.

Sànde Class
Sànde Class

I agree. But discarding our subjectivity here, I didn’t think he was making “racism” hunky-dory in THIS exchange. ✌

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

I support Mesut in this. Racism is still a problem in lot of football organizations. France won the WC but they had their own share of this problem. Their FA had a plan to limit the number of players from immigrant descent in the team and doing this by imposing a quota at the national academy in Clairefontaine. When it was revealed, Laurent Blanc didn’t even have to resign. He tried to hide this under the style of play as an issue of skillful players vs strong, fast and powerful blacks. The best skillful player they had at the time was a certain Samir Nasry who was also eligible to dual citizenship. The guy who was working at their FA and secretly taped these meetings was punished by their FA and life goes on. Now they won the WC and are furious at anyone who talks about the predominant minorities in the team.

A Different George
A Different George

I am sure there is plenty of racism in France and in French football, but the explanation for the incident you are describing, if believed, was quite different: the concern was about using resources to train players who then played on other national teams for which they were eligible. I am not sure this actually happened very often (Chamakh, maybe?) but it could be a legitimate worry when so many young French players, including much of the current World Cup-winning squad, could have opted for another country.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Is that why Blanc said : We must do things based on our culture ? Also said : What we have now is physical and fast blacks ? To defend himself, he said he wanted to change the style of play. That tape should be somewhere on the internet. Every single dual citizenship players choose to play for France if they have enough quality for that so the argument used to defend themselves wasn’t even smart. On the other hand, France tried to get Higuain just because his father used to play in France and has french citizenship.

A Different George
A Different George

I am not defending Blanc, but pointing out that there was a non-racist explanation given; I think you are wrong that all eligible players who are good enough to be picked for France automatically choose that option–Drogba and Aubameyang are obvious examples.

You may still be right, but I am more confident that the current leadership of the French team, especially Deschamps, has acted in ways that caused players like Pogba and Mendy (neither one shy about expressing himself) to express their support.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Pogba’s brother plays for Guinea because he is far from being good for France. Auba’s father was once captain of the Gabon team so he decided to follow his daddy’s footsteps even though attracted by the french national team. Drogba was a bit of late bloomer, Henry, Trezeguet and Cissé were already there and he didn’t get selected. When it was evident he had the quality for the french squad, he was already playing for Ivory Coast.

Hantal
Hantal

I’m british living in Germany, I’ve experience no racism personally but I do see a lot of anti Turkish sentiment

Alex
Alex

At the time for Mesut’s grand-parents, Germany asked Turkish people to come to the country to work in mines. In Gelsenkirchen. They came, they built their lives and now they are rejected…

Mongolian Gooner
Mongolian Gooner

Yeah it’s clear how short sighted the politicians were. They only cared about the economic benefit of migrant workers

Mongolian Gooner
Mongolian Gooner

Yes, there’s a large amount of Turkish people in Germany. Integration hasn’t gone well in some places, where Turkish communities band together and you’d see entire streets with nothing but Turkish stores with Turkish writings. Then there’s the rare issue of some Turks ignoring German law, stuff like a brother beating up or killing his sister for sullying the family’s honor because she slept with a German, stuff like this.

I feel that Turks in Germany feel unwelcome, they feel alienated and thus keep to themselves, which I understand, but it’s not helping. Many Turks still make a good life for themselves though and really prefer to not go back to Turkey, probably because of political freedom and economic opportunity. Then there’s the second generation who really don’t know anything else than life in Germany.

On the other side there’s the Germans who treat individual Turks with disrespect out of simple racism and stereotypes and prejudice, reinforced by media reports (blown out of proportion or not) of Turkish immigrant transgressions. It’s a vicious cycle, can only be broken by genuine effort from both sides, but I don’t see it really happening anytime soon…

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

I don’t get the bit about ‘ignoring German laws’ we have newspapers saying the same in the UK about honour killings etc. But the truth is all criminals ignore the law so it makes absolutely no sense to say this.

Nathan
Nathan

It’s because with Honor killings etc it often IS legal in Sharia law, hence they claim they doing nothing wrong

db10s
db10s

Is/was turkey under sharia law? I always thought it was one of the more progressive islamic countries. I really have no clue. Just curious.

I am from Malaysia, a real multicultural country that has an Islamic majority. Corruption is rampant here and we just overthrew the 60 year ruling party that has started to use religion and race to stir up fear in the muslim majority. The surprise election upset (no one thought the opposition could really win) has really saved the country from going down a dark road. Thus all this has really spiked my interest in issues like Ozil and France winning the world cup and all the racism that has accompanied it.

Anyways on Wednesday I taking a 5 hour drive to see the team vs Atletico Madrid in Singapore. Can’t wait to see the start of Unai’s era.

TGB
TGB

Honor killing is illegal under all interpretations of the shariah law.
It could be a cultural practice in certain parts of the world

Hoops
Hoops

Honour killings are not permitted under ANY interpretation of Sharia Law. Please don’t repeat this dangerous falsehood.

GUN
GUN

1)He can now focus on Arsenal.
2)No more fear of German clubs luring him away.

Hantal
Hantal

His next club will be Turkish, I believe he’s said that previously

afan
afan

they cant afford him, unless we sell him at rock bottom prices

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Nice way to deflect your abject performance in the World Cup.

DB_10
DB_10

You could say that if the reaction to his performance was fair and proportionate to his performances. Guess the whole squad should retire then?

Vescucci
Vescucci

Since he’s literally the whole German team, innit? Asshole

gooner1981
gooner1981

That is the point he makes. If he played shit, call his performance shit. But do not a) ignore the other shit performances and single him out and do not b) link it to ethnicity or roots or religion or anything else. That is the point.

TiTi
TiTi

Perfectly summarised gooner1981 that is

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

One of the most stupid comments I ever read here.
Congrats!

Vehcede
Vehcede

*the most stupid
At least for me

MikeSA
MikeSA

Although there a number of comments by a complete arsewipe further up that are strong contenders too.

Mike SA
Mike SA

I tend to agree with Pat Rice & Beans and Vehcede, just highlighting another sulky little racist fuckwad’s “contribution, ejaculating his comments further up as well.

GUN
GUN

He was better than most of the German players. Muller, Draxler, Kimmich and almost everyone in German team played absolutely static football. With no movement in front of him, a player like h cannot create much even though he created most number of chances in group stage(I believe I’m right about this). I think Brandt, who played approximately around 50 tp 60 minutes was their best player.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

You forget Hummels,the very worst player.

Matt Arsenal
Matt Arsenal

Yup, 87th minute against Korea, Ozil served in a beauty that should have been the winner. Instead, Hummels headed over the bar, Germany lost, and now they all say it’s Ozil’s fault. Ridiculous.

Rochester
Rochester

No , Humnels’ head was in the right place, Ozil just didn’t bounce the ball in correctly… or some other dumb shit, inane anti-Ozil comment.

SizC
SizC

I thought Kimmich was the worst. He’s a right back and when they conceded against Mexico it was Ozil in the box, covering his role.

He was like a schoolboy hunting for glory and playing for himself!

A Different George
A Different George

In terms of playing below their ability, my choice is Muller who was just awful–I honestly thought he might be ill. I have heard very little criticism of him but, of course, he is a “real” German,.

Herodotus
Herodotus

Not one player in the entire German squad can be picked to be better than him in the tournament. It jars me as a human being to see someone who does no wrong and genuinely care being treated like a goat. At every turn, he is disparaged, maligned but his numbers in all the leagues and national teams he has played in speak for themselves. In 92 games, he has 40 assists and 23 goals. He has bossed the leagues, in terms of creativity, he has played in. Highest assists in a World Cup, Europa league, Champions League etc. German player of the year 5 times. What do they want from him? He took a pic with Turkey’s president. So? Matthaus, the ring leader of the rabble rousers had an exchange with Putin and no one bat an eye lid. He has made the best decision. Dfb can deal with themselves.

Cechmate
Cechmate

Yeah exactly! I don;t understand this criticism of Ozil. He was supposed to serve them chances and serve them he did. If they didn’t finish whose problem is it then? Kimmich only required one defender to stand in front of him to hit all his crosses into and couldn’t get any decent crosses in, Hummels’ head was like a loose baloon on a windy day – absoultely uncontrollable and most others went missing.

With proper finishers he would have a hattrick of assists, there were 3 beautiful crosses into the box that they headed over or out. Then there was this moment when he lifted a pass over the opposition defense near far post and everyone stood watching like “Was i supposed to be there? I didn’t get the memo”.

Then to blame him for losing is totally unfair. But, he could have avoided the photo op with Erdogan, who has a notorious human rights record. All the same, I’m not sure how many footballers would be up to date on current affairs and politics around the world, so I’d like to know how these 3 footballers came to take a photo with the Turkish president, who came up with this idea, set this up and is behind this? I don’t think Ozil asked for the meeting to take his blessings, maybe he just obliged when the request came from a powerful source.

Martin
Martin

The fact he was their most creative player showa what a nonsensical comment that is

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

He created 7 chances in the last game,the highest by any player in the WC yet he was castigated by the press.
It’s a disgrace. Hummels,Neur etc were appalling yet because Ozil has Turkish connections he is picked out. Smacks of racism.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Why don’t you get your previous name Mesut Oh No back sir ?

King Nacho
King Nacho

I really hope that you and the few people who agree with you learn from this backlash and become better people in society.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Attention seeking comment. Shame

Pedant
Pedant

He succeeded though in getting the most votes….

Get rid of the downvoting button I say.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Are you a professional arsehole or just an extraordinarily gifted amateur?

afan
afan

well done Mesut, I think that’s a record

gooner1981
gooner1981

Really impressive series of statements from Ozil. From what he has put out, it looks very much like he was thrown under the bus. Not looking to get into arguments and rhetoric and anything else about what happened, but it takes courage to call people in power and media out on their bullshit.

Anyway, a big plus for Arsenal certainly. I would rather he retired from international duty on a high note, but as an Arsenal fan first and foremost it is great that our playmaker will get to rest and hopefully have a great season with the team. COYG

Rollo
Rollo

Killer touch..the first installment was almost 8 hours ago….not only quits the team but socks it to the sponsors who dropped him too with their faulty devices!

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

Mercedes I think

   kaius
   kaius

Think it was VW (who were fined for fabricating emissions tests). Not sure Mercedes had that issue.

A Different George
A Different George

Both; the VW revelations in the U.S. have prompted further investigation everywhere.

Unai Emeryite
Unai Emeryite

I stand with Özil! I totally feel his frustration. He’s always made the scapegoat even when statistics reflect otherwise!

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

It’s a disgraceful day for German football.

Racism should never be tolerated. We as Arsenal supporters stand with you, Mesut.

Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon

It has been a disgrace the way he has been treated by some. You don’t play around with a man’s credibility because of a single photo for your Political gain. Racism in football has to be a strict no.

Just for fun and some food for thought:

Jesus: Forgive the sinners.
His Disciples: But what if they are Muslims?
Jesus: Let me come back again.

Disclaimer: I have got nothing to do with Islam!

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

What?

Nachos in Montreal
Nachos in Montreal

That last bit just completely doesn’t make sense.At all.Are you making a joke about the second coming of Christ?Are you making a joke about Islam’s version of Jesus?I don’t get it.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

It’s your call, Mesut. Wishing you all the best I’m life.

Midgunner
Midgunner

So glad he has done this. Shows real bravery to confront these wankers head on.

Good for you Mesut.

Put all your energies in becoming an Arsenal legend and we will love you for it.

And fuck all racists.

Gazgoon
Gazgoon

If the events and abuse are true, I absolutely stand by Ozil.

Alex
Alex

Believe me it is true. Sadly…

Matt
Matt

That took balls. I’m with Ozil on this one.

Absolut
Absolut

Seriously bold comments, Mesut. I’m 100% with you.

Arvid
Arvid

You have to take some responsibility and not be a political idiot who supports the president no matter what he does to destroy democracy.

Alex
Alex

Yes, Matthaus officially represented Germany close to Putin during the World Cup… You know, Vladimir, the democrat!

Whynot
Whynot

Matthaus, maradona, ronaldo, valderrama, wes brown all the legends were there

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Vladimir the republican!

Mpls
Mpls

Could you please cite where he EVER stated he ‘Supports’ Erdogan or ANY of his principles or actions?

ViennaGunnner
ViennaGunnner

Disappointed to see there’s no criticisism of Özil because of his photo with Erdogan at all in the comments here. A lot of what he says is right (!), but then again, Erdogan is a dictator. You get that, right? I have respect for Emre Can, who decided against meeting Erdogan.

Jimboy
Jimboy

Are you thick or what! Özil as a dual citizen found it an honour to meet the President of his origin, which unfortunately happens to be Erdogan. Salah stayed with the Chechnya President who has been accused of worse, media all mute…

The criticism is ridiculous and deflecting and its speaks deeply about racism.

Alex
Alex

Yes, Matthaus officially represented Germany close to Putin during the World Cup… You know, Vladimir, the democrat!

Kareem Mohamed
Kareem Mohamed

Maybe because the Erdogan situation is misrepresented by Western media outlets…

Don’t believe everything you read in the news.
Propaganda still exists…

PeteyB
PeteyB

As ever there are shades of grey. The way he has been treated is appalling, and he is 100% correct to call out certain people in the German establishment for their views, views that sadly appear to be becoming more prevalent and more accepted by the day.

Nevertheless he is not blameless. The caption on the original image, if I’m not mistaken, said something like ‘our president’. An unfortunate choice of words perhaps, but ones that understandably fueled a fire. Furthermore I can’t help but feel there is a slight double standard from Ozil. He rightly calls out German politicians for racism but to my knowledge has never been publicly critical or Mr Erdogan’s policies… Maybe his stance will change as the divide between politics and football seems to have been blown open.

Of course my criticism of Ozils double standards is in its self something of a double standard. What have I done personally to protest the hosting of a world cup in Russia (is Putin any different to Erdogan), or the human rights abuse in Qatar, or the blatant corruption within FIFA? Sweet fuck all.

Whatever does happen next I hope he channels these experiences positively and has an amazing, ballon d’or worthy, ‘fuck you’ season ahead.

Wolf
Wolf

He actually said “my president” in the caption. Very difficult not to see that as an endorsement of a very questionable politician, which is pretty uncomfortable. i agree with most of what he says and support his decision, but the old “I’m not a politician” excuse by people in the public eye (when they do something politically stupid) doesn’t help his cause either.

SexyMooli
SexyMooli

You should get yourself informed. He didn’t say that, Gundogan did.

PeteyB
PeteyB

I did wonder if that was the case, thanks for clarifying.

Matt
Matt

Well played, Mesut, for having the balls to call this out on such an open forum as Twitter. He and other people of Turkish descent have to deal with dog whistles on a regular basis. No one should have other people questioning their own national identity nor their motives in representing their country. This is a wonderfully strong move by him.

FeiÖzil
FeiÖzil

We as Arsenal fans ..stand with u Ozil

❤️Mesut
❤️Mesut

Looking forward to giving Mesut 100% vocal support in our first home game. COYG!

Vonnie
Vonnie

This all started with the English media, “pundits” like Keown, “fans” like Arsenal “fan” TV, all ripping him to shreds with impunity. It was easy for the German media to jump on the bandwagon. The photo wasn’t ever posted by Mesut, it was Gundogan, and anyway it’s his private life and nobody’s business. This whole situation makes me incredibly sad, that he has effectively been driven out of his national team, that he truly cares so much about, and he and his family have been abused and insulted. It’s too easy to point fingers at Germany, when the same thing has been happening to him here. He’s been the scapegoat for Arsenals failures, and now for Germany. We need to get behind him and stand up for him, he’s one of ours and a good person who tries to good in the world. To hell with the media, we’ve got Ozil and they can fuck of with their hatred, we need to be united and give him the love and support he deserves. The world is becoming a nastier, more divided place, we need to take a stand against that.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

While I do not support the undeserved criticism he gets from the English pundits, it is not based on racism, it’s performance based. That may be unfair but it has football related reasons, however weak they may be.

Whereas the criticism for the German team is coming from a racist and ethnic standpoint which is absolutely disgusting and disgraceful.

Huge difference between both. Hope you can see that.

Vonnie
Vonnie

I don’t think the undeserved criticism is totally performance based at all. I think they don’t like him because he’s German, because he’s a Muslim and because he earns a lot of money, because he’s more successful than any of them. It’s not overt, but hate grows and spreads. Some of these ” pundits” are actually almost frothing at the mouth when they discuss him,, that’s not normal.

Matt P
Matt P

I don’t think it’s that. Salah is Muslim and he was hugely praised.
I think it’s more the really deeply ingrained ethos in British football of ‘guts’ and ‘work rate’ being valued more than skill and finesse.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Others have discussed this better than me, but – at the risk of getting philosophical – I also think it’s to do with society’s obsession with extroverts who tear off their shirt and king fu kick the corner flag (in the footballing context) rather than someone as thoughtful and introverted as our Mesut, who goes about his business quietly.

Wreh's FA Cup dream
Wreh's FA Cup dream

I don’t think it is nationality or even religion of why Ozil has been subject to criticism by the English press (I find it hard to imagine anyone caring about him being German). I think it is more about his expense and importance to Arsenal when he was signed and his immediate performances not reflecting that. I remember the same press-hounding of Robinho during his season at Man City as he too failed to live upto expectations in a team that was so reliant on him.

Episco
Episco

Arsenal fans criticized Ozil when he performed poorly. DFB criticized Ozil in a non-football related issues. We were right in criticizing Ozil; DFB rather took him as a scapegoat. Therein lies the difference mate.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

That clip of Keown tearing into Ozil for not being like Keown while Jenas, a fucking Spud of all things, defends him by highlighting what type of player he is (not anything like Keown) and what his style of play actually offers with Keown harping on about tacking, runnin arahnd and being more of a man is a cringe moment.

Goonertown
Goonertown

Yeah I agree with him wholeheartedly, even though I believe the photo with Erdogan was I’ll advised knowing how modern media tends to twist things to create a story or push an agenda. I actually think the played really well in the World Cup every time I watched him. Created 7 chances in the match against South Korea, not his fault they didn’t have a striker. Let’s hope he finds renewed vigour in the revamped Arsenal. If we are to do well next season he will be possibly our most important player. #COYG

shokim
shokim

I applaud Ozil’s stand. Racial discrimination should not be tolerated. 👏

DB10**
DB10**

He has the right ro refuse to play for his country, but this is childish. Imo.
Of course he was not responsible for his teams poor performance.
Telling that he finds it easier to saying no to playing for his country than standing up to a dictator’s photo op.

Episco
Episco

A) You don’t give your best in a hostile environment. DFB is more like a poison to Ozil’s football.
B) Last time I checked, taking pictures with a dictator has nothing to do with ‘Tightness of defence’, ‘Fluidity of the Midfield’, and ‘Precision and lethality of strikers’
C) I wonder who now is the dictator, DFB or Erdogan.

Cycs
Cycs

Spot on…

monstar
monstar

D) Erdogan was elected with 53% of the votes. cant just be calling people dictators

Alex
Alex

Yes, Matthaus officially represented Germany close to Putin during the World Cup… You know, Vladimir, the democrat!

Cycs
Cycs

Ur country don’t even know u, so It’s pretty easy for u to say all fuck shyt innit…

GunneRon

We’ve got Ozil, Mesut Ozil !
I just don’t think you understand !
He’s a brave and honest man,
He’s better than most Germans (especially that racist dickhead Grindel)
We’ve got Mesut Ozil !

N10
N10

I respect his decision. Shame on the people he shames.

Even more important now for his club team to be a source of inspiration and “home” for him.

I think him meeting with Erdogan was a huge mistake because Erdogan is basically a dictator in the process of destroying the kind of open society Özil supposedly cherishes.

He tries to claim what he does isn’t political, but that’s either dumb or naïve. Everything a guy of his renown does is political. Somehow I think a man who speaks three languages and plays a difficult game brilliantly isn’t dumb, so I’ll go with naïve.

jon

A huge topic, this. But nonwithstanding what Özil writes, he let himself be used as a pawn in Erdogan’s election campaign. Özil probably won voters for the man that has put tens of thousands of Turks in prison with very weak if any evidence of “treason” and who works tirelessly to abandon freedom and democracy in Turkey.

Alex
Alex

Yes, Matthaus officially represented Germany close to Putin during the World Cup… You know, Vladimir, the democrat!

Wolf
Wolf

I’m starting to believe you’re a bot. Or a paid troll. Or both.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Alex, whoever you are, change your tune or fuck off!

Ben
Ben

Good for you Mesut

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

“When you win you are German when you lose you are an immigrant”.
The highlight of the his message.
Great response! Going out with a bang!

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

Trevor Noah with The Daily Show said something in the same ilk, regarding his joke about France players being predominantly immigrant decent, which was criticized by US France ambassador.

shokim
shokim

As Sir Andy Murray used to say: “When you win you’re a Brit, but when you lose you’re a Scot!”

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

He has been getting the same treatment Sterling does for England and it’s disgraceful. People can be critical without it being personal. I haven’t seen a lot of criticism for Kroos and I think he is past his best and was at fault for more than one goal. He isn’t even a key player at Real Madrid anymore.

ViennaGunner
ViennaGunner

Sterlinh didn’t pose with a dictator, though. How can you all overlook this?

Mpls
Mpls

Because German DFB and media seems to have overlooked it about Matthaus posing with Putin, who even if he didn’t write the book, at least has a few chapters in it guiding Erdogan’s foul practices. What’s the difference here?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

While I think the media hounding of Sterling is disgraceful at least he, unlike Ozil, truly was awful for his country during this world cup.

WellArsed
WellArsed

Bravo Mesut!

WellArsed
WellArsed

To expand on this a little: I was disappointed when I saw the two of them posing with Erdogan – as he is a vile bastard who seemed to be seizing the moment to improve his deservedly tarnished image. I realize they are footballers and simply saw this as a gesture of respect to their other homelands but I wish someone had a word before hand and explained the possible ramifications. That said, the response in Germany – especially in relation Özil’s performance – has been ridiculously discriminatory (not too mention, flying in the face of facts: he was one of the better performers in an under-performing team). I think it’s brave of him to speak out so strongly and – in my view – rightly call out the racists promulgating this bullshit.

Mongolian Gooner
Mongolian Gooner

Yeah this whole episode says a LOT more about Germany than about Ozil.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

This is incredibly brave of Ozil and I hope this causes people to stop and think. He’s shown a lot of strength in putting together this statement, which is clearly well considered. Sadly racism goes on everywhere and a lot of people who are the perpetrators do not even realise it, whilst others are unashamedly stupid.
You can think what you will of Erdogan but Ozil had every right to show respect for his heritage.
Germany’s loss, in the end, will be our gain. It’s just pitiful he had to retire from international football this way instead of for footballing reasons

Henry
Henry

Strength and power to my man mesut ✊

Glasgow Gooner
Glasgow Gooner

No early season interruption with internationals for him 👍🏽

TheLowCrows
TheLowCrows

I really appreciate his candor and him not holding back. The French winning the World cup is also a brilliant statement against the hateful far-right propaganda. You’ll always be seen as one of our own, Mesut.

BigArse
BigArse

Good on you Mesut. I wish you could play for Canada. We strongly believe in multiculturalism, and My God, could we use a player like you.

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

Show them what they are missing when you help us win more silverware

The Old Git's Whistle Test
The Old Git's Whistle Test

Accusing Özil as being the reason why Germany failed at the World Cup and the abuse he received because of his Turkish heritage is unforgivable,.

It will be no relief to Mesut but this decision is a bonus for us, The Arsenal, means he will be fresh and rested for us through the season.

As a Gooner and a humanitarian I support him with his decision. Good luck sir.

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

Full respect for this man.

Thierry bergkamp
Thierry bergkamp

Fuck em all Mesut, your appreciated at Arsenal

Dan
Dan

I feel we are at a crossroads as a civilization. Not being racist is now becoming the norm rather than a position that gives you the “moral high ground”. It is during such times that true beliefs of people surface. It is the same in the USA, France and Germany but this is just the tip of the iceberg I suppose. The majority who were, are and will remain “non-racists” are needed more than ever during this croosroads. As for Ozil, I salute his courage and sensibilities in writing so eloquently what many have been thinking. Here’s to us.

bazzzaaaa
bazzzaaaa

Do you think there’s any chance he’d ever play for Turkey national team? Would he be allowed too? Much rather he just plays for us but would be one hell of a game between Turkey & Germany if that happened 🙂

MrT
MrT

#M10 Respect !!!

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

This affair tells you everything you need to know about Ozil’s character.

What he should do is stick two fingers up to the racists and play his socks off the next time he puts on a Germany shirt. There would be no better way to demonstrate that he loves his country and to shut up the bigots. This is exactly what English players like John Barnes and the late great Cyril Regis did back in the Eighties, when the abuse was far worse.

By walking away he has demonstrated just how spineless and gutless he is. But, of course, we already know this. This is the same player who, over the years at Arsenal, routinely disappeared during the biggest and toughest games. He’s the guy with his hands on his hips, strolling around as we suffered yet another defeat to a top-four outfit.

Ozil represents everything us older fans despise. He’s just another of these modern, multi-millionaire Premier League prima donnas who’ve lost touch with reality. They surround themselves with sycophants and start crying at the slightest word of criticism. Hey: it goes with the territory!

The good thing, I suppose, is that he’ll be fresher for Arsenal.

PB70
PB70

Im an older fan and I despise you. Wait, no I don’t, since I don’t know you. Will just assume you’re a judgemental prick based on your previous blinkered comments on Ozil, and giddy as a schoolgirl to now use this story to spew more BS when you got the chance. Keep up the good work.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

You know what I despise? It’s fans who suck up to players who don’t give a damn about the club. Ozil was “injured” for the last three games of the season (and many matches since Christmas) and then suddenly declared himself fully fit for the World Cup. He’s a selfish, lazy pampered piss-taker who took the club for a ride and then ended up with a massive pay increase. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s gone by the end of this season: Emery won’t indulge him the way Wenger did.

The German fans were as sick of his uncaring attitude as many Arsenal fans are. No, that doesn’t justify racist abuse, but Ozil has brought much of this opprobrium upon himself with his pathetic performances. He just doesn’t try hard enough.

So you carry on hating me; I’ll carry on loving Arsenal.

Nabster
Nabster

“No, that doesn’t justify racist abuse, but Ozil has brought much of this opprobrium upon himself with his pathetic performances.”

So Oil brought the racism on himself because of his “pathetic performances”?

Now I have heard it all. You’re a fool. Plain and simple.

A Different George
A Different George

I think you love a version of Arsenal, and of football, that does not exist and probably never did in your lifetime–where players were just like regular working people, where toughness was more important than skill, where men like Martin Keown–not Dennis Bergkamp–were the heroes.

Paul
Paul

Fats, with respect, you have too much hate inside you. First Wenger now Ozil. Who is next? Just love Arsenal mate, you might enjoy it?

Vonnie
Vonnie

Fatgooner, the only thing about you that’s bigger than your belly is your ignorance.

DialSquareGoon
DialSquareGoon

Here we go again with this Agesim, “When Men were Men” nonsense. No doubt Ozil has been indulged at Arsenal for the last few years but this “Spineless” and “Gutless” toxic masculinity nonsense has got to stop.

4thPlaceTrophy
4thPlaceTrophy

I suspect the fact that he’s everything fans like you despise (i.e. he doesn’t look like he’s running hard) goes a long way towards explaining why the FA has spent the last three decades wallowing in abject failure and why no major club in the world currently employs an English manager. Ozil may not be a perfect player, but he instinctively understands the game in a way “older fans” of your ilk will never be able to understand or appreciate.

Gervinho
Gervinho

Özil has two feet firmly rooted in reality

DB_10
DB_10

We remember the ones who speak out and change things more than the ones who grind away because unfortunately it is hard to change such attitudes. There were many people who felt the same as Mandela but only a few spoke out loudly (and then suffered for it) and we know all their names now. This is a big issue and not a personal one for Mesut alone – it is one that does and will affect many immigrant kids who want to wear their National team shirt all over Europe. When you realise that, you’ll understand just how the two fingers are being stuck up.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

Well put DB. A point further exemplified by the Bild dismissing this as self pity and whining. Also nothing from the DFB and his German teammates so far. Not a word. Oh the ignorance.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Literally was scrolling down to see if Fatgooner wrote anything controversial for this one as well….

EZD
EZD

It’s not OK to tell people how they have to react to suffering racist abuse.

Especially where the abuse is coming from someone who is essentially his boss (in the national team context) – it’s very understandable he doesn’t want to work for the DFB in these circumstances.

Finlay307
Finlay307

@fatgooner

Gervinho
Gervinho

“(The) picture…wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country.”

That’s a concept that’s too difficult for most people in today’s world to understand, unfortunately.

shmokin'em
shmokin'em

the dirty ***’s could end his career for this, years ago an upcoming liverpool player mentioned something controversial about 9/11…that was the end of his career!

Wolf
Wolf

Disclaimer: I am German. I have lived in the UK for 25 years and would never claim that I have the finger on the pulse of German society and current affairs. But I do still occasionally read German new channels, sports papers etc.

The whole Erdogan affair has been both an eye-opener and a complete disaster for German football, politics, integration etc etc. It has gone way beyond individuals, the national team or the World Cup. There are so many facets to the situation that a short comment here isn’t going to do justice to what has been going on. But it’s useful to put Özil’s posts into a bit of context, rather than just reading them in isolation.

For what it’s worth, I think it was a monumentally stupid thing to pose with Erdogan, hand him a signed shirt and caption the photo with “my president”. It was stupid because we all know what Erdogan stands for – and I expect Özil to know that too. I find the “I’m not a politician” excuse, which most sports people hide behind when faced with uncomfortable questions or decisions, irresponsible and pathetic. Özil is clearly intelligent enough to read the papers and know what has been going on in Turkey. You just can’t do that sort of public endorsement, especially just before an election! I’m a huge admirer and defender of Özil’s craft (f*** off lazy pundits and fans who just don’t get what he offers), but that photo literally made me squirm.

It’s worth remembering that Özil has been hugely popular and admired in Germany for nigh on 10 years. He won the “Germany Player of the Year” award 5 times in the last 7 years. Yes, there have been the predictable and appalling grumbles about his background, religion etc from some corners, but on the whole he has been an idol and role model for most football fans. That status has taken a huge hit since the Erdogan photo op.

I do not doubt that he has been abused and scapegoated. I agree that he appears to be an “easy” target and people are quick to mix their racist politics with football. One can only imagine what players like him go through. I also don’t doubt that the DFB is a deeply “conservative” (not to say reactionary) organisation with plenty of skeletons in the cupboard. I never thought things (or Özil himself) could go back to where they were before and I’m not in the slightest surprised that he is calling time on his Germany career.

But I did hope he would just make the tiniest reference to the fact that he made a bad choice. Just a hint of reflection or admission that he maybe made mistakes himself. Nobody comes out of this sorry tale looking any better, but Özil had an opportunity to at least show that he understood why some people’s reaction was so strong. Instead he seems to blame everybody else for anything that happened, which is a shame.

Another opinion in Germany is that his statement is perfectly understandable but it’s irritating that he didn’t publicly discuss the issues earlier and delivered his thoughts in a very professionally timed 3-part Twitter release, ending exactly in time for the main German news shows at 8pm. That sort of calculating behaviour didn’t go down well, even with well-meaning Germans who support his stance.

SexyMooli
SexyMooli

Before going on such a rant on Ozil, you should get yourself educated on the matter. Ozil did NOT say “my president” to Erdogan. In fact, he made no comments at all. What you’re talking about is something Gundogan wrote on his shirt that he presented to Erdogan. THAT was an endorsement.

You would think you would at least get this correct before slandering your own player, but no. Why do simple research before rushing to judgement.

lari03
lari03

What’s most amazing is Gundogan appears to have come out of this, without a stain. Ozil has received all the criticism.

Wolf
Wolf

That isn’t quite true. He was booed just as strongly as Özil when they played in one of the last friendlies before the WC. As I tried to point out in my post, the fact that Özil did not address the situation publicly for 2 over months didn’t do him any favours. Gündogan did release a statement which probably got him a bit more goodwill in the media.

Wolf
Wolf

You’re right and I apologise for getting that wrong. But he has met Erdogan many times over the years and to say that posing for cameras with a big smile is not an endorsement on any level is a bit disingenuous.

By the way, I did not “slander” him or rushed to judgement just on whatever he wrote on a shirt. I voiced my opinion on his actions and gave context as to what at least parts of the German media think about this.

Mongolian Gooner
Mongolian Gooner

Ozil’s stance that he’d take another photo with Erdogan is pretty clear. He doesn’t look at it as a “mistake”. His reasoning is that he respects the highest office of his parent’s home country. I don’t like Erdogan one bit, but I’m prepared to accept his reasoning. As a foreigner who grew up in Germany not that much unlike Ozil, I can empathize with this internal divide. You feel like a German, but are never ever accepted 100% as one of them even though you speak just as fluently, learn the same things in school, watch the same media etc. Then you have your family that tries to pass a sense of belonging to your parent’s country to you. You learn about it from your parents and family members. You don’t have first hand experience of living there, so it’s skewed. For Ozil, who in the past was hated in Turkey for choosing Germany, to meet Erdogan, it’s an acknowledgement of his Turkishness. I get the idea that it’s nothing about endorsing his policies (which, honestly, is a far reaching conclusion), but respecting his parent’s country and his own Turkish roots.

Then of course, is the reaction of the press and the asshole racists in the papers, internet, his email and twitter, in the stadium. He gets abused so much, I’m not at all surprised he quit. Why the hell WOULD you play for a country, giving your EVERYTHING to the cause, if you will never be accepted? Even after winning the FCKING WORLD CUP. It doesn’t matter. He’s never had a chance in the first place, as long as Germans were as racist as they’re showing themselves to be.

Nabster
Nabster

I have seen this on another online forum (non-football). A guy on there who is half German went to visit relatives in Germany and was astounded that the guy in the Chinese takeaway could speak perfect, fluent German as an ethnic Chinese person!

Suffice to say, I ripped into him completely but he still didn’t understand why his statement was so backwards in attitude.

Wolf
Wolf

Thank you for that interesting and balanced insight. I really appreciate it and I agree with most of what you say, especially about the racism and abuse he faces (from people of both countries) and about the problem with your “roots”. As an immigrant to this country, I can empathise with that issue to a certain extent.

But I ask myself this: if I was a public figure, the AfD came to be in government in Germany, I was invited to a promotional/campaigning event with their leader touring the UK, what would I do? And the answer is that I would not want to be seen smiling next to a politician or movement I despise. If I was to offend my parents or my German ancestors by doing that (I wouldn’t), so be it. Even with utmost respect for your family or tradition, you still have to think for yourself.

Handbrakes
Handbrakes

Calling out the timing of the statement is irrelevant, it’s just a way of ignoring the main thrust of his argument and making an attack on his character to try and discredit him.

N10
N10

You could have read my comment and saved yourself the bother, mate. But good to have a German perspective.

nasaie
nasaie

good for arsenal then

Viv
Viv

Explore the chances of playing for England Mezut,you will be loved and England need a proper ball comfortable playmaker like you…You’ll be loved