Ian Wright and Gary Lineker have given their verdict on Mesut Ozil's public falling out with Arsenal, slamming the saga as "soul destroying" and a "sad" say for football.
Ozil claimed on Wednesday that he is "deeply disappointed" to be axed from Arsenal's Premier League squad and insists his loyalty to the club has not been reciprocated.
The 32-year-old is the highest-paid player in Arsenal's history but has now been omitted from both the Premier League and Europa League squads.
Ozil has not played a single minute for the Gunners since March 7, having initially been a mainstay of the team following Mikel Arteta's appointment last year.
Match of the Day presenter and former England striker reacted to the news on Twitter and seemingly defended Ozil.
He said: "Every footballer wants to play. Not being able to, regardless of salary, is soul destroying."
Wright, the Arsenal legend, echoed Lineker's views but refused to criticise the club.
He wrote on social media: "Football will never stop surprising me. The fact that whatever has gone on couldn't be resolved between the club & Mesut is sad.
"Sad for everyone involved and I can only send him strength for what will be a difficult few months knowing he won't even have a chance to play. Gutted."
The pair reacted after Ozil slammed the club via a statement, one day after it was confirmed that he was axed from Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad.
"This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I've played for over the past few years," he wrote in a statement posted on social media.
"I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being."
Former Germany international Ozil went on to question Arsenal's loyalty.
He signed his current deal, which expires next year, in January 2018 – the same time Alexis Sanchez departed for Manchester United.
"Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated," he added.
"As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays. I've always tried to remain positive from week to week that there's maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That's why I kept silent so far."
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