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Mesut Ozil congratulated his team-mates on Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Chelsea despite being left out of the victory by Unai Emery. The German has not featured for the Gunners since a 1-1 draw with Brighton on Boxing Day and was an unused substitute as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny gave Arsenal a vital win against their top four rivals. Emery is keen on offloading Ozil so to raise funds for the transfer market and to make room on the club’s wage bill but the playmaker’s £300,000-a-week wages are a huge stumbling block for buying clubs. Ozil’s social media interactions have been telling in recent weeks with the 30-year-old countering any reports about his fitness by revealing that he’s had a ‘full week’ of training. And the German’s continued his diplomacy by sending a message to his team-mates after their win against Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Congratulations to the whole team tonight 🙌🏼’ said Ozil. ‘Well played, Gunners 👍🏼’ Arsenal’s win was somewhat dampened by the injury sustained by Hector Bellerin. The Spaniard went over without contact and had to be stretchered off in the second half with a suspected knee ligament injury. Emery confirmed afterwards that the injury did not ‘look positive’ and Ozil wished the right-back a ‘speedy recovery’. ‘Wishing a speedy recovery to @hectorbellerin,’ said Ozil.