Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil engaged in a brutal back and forth with Piers Morgan on social media on Sunday.
Ozil was excluded from the Gunners’ 25-man Premier League squad earlier this season, despite putting pen-to-paper on a mouth-watering £350,000-a-week deal just two years ago.
The former Germany international has not played a single minute for Mikel Arteta’s side this term, but he has become a vocal fan on the sidelines, offering his support to his teammates throughout their matches.
And on Sunday, lifelong Gunners fan Morgan urged Ozil to leave the club in response to one of the German’s tweets.
Ahead of Arsenal’s 0-0 stalemate with Leeds, Ozil wrote: “Let’s goooooo…#COYG #YaGunnersYa”, to which the Good Morning Britain presenter responded: “I wish you would, Mesut. For your sake and Arsenal’s.”
Ozil responded by brutally suggesting that Morgan had been hacked in a thinly-veiled swipe at the journalist, who has been accused of being a leading figure in the phone hacking scandal that shook the British media in 2011.
The former Mirror editor has always denied he was personally involved in the scandal, where segments of the media were accused of engaging in police bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of stories.
And he wasted no time in firing back a response to Ozil.
He wrote: “I must say @MesutOzil1088, I admire your nerve in trolling Arsenal fans who pay your wages given you’re getting £350k-a-week of OUR money to sit on your a*se doing f*ck all. Try training as hard as you work on being a clever dick. Then the manager might pick you.”
Arsenal were fortunate to come out with a point at Elland Road as the hosts wasted a number of chances to seal a victory against the north Londoners.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men hit the post several times but were ultimately unable to break the deadlock, despite Nicolas Pepe’s dismissal in the second half.
The Ivorian winger was dealt his marching orders for a moment of madness where he headbutted Ezgjan Alioski.
After a brief look at his pitchside monitor, referee Anthony Taylor brandished the card following a VAR review.