Shkodran Mustafi bid farewell to Mesut Ozil forward of his transfer to Fenerbahce by branding him ‘probably the most unselfish participant’.
Ozil’s time on the Gunners inched nearer to being over as he flew to Turkey to signal his new contract after agreeing a seven-figure payout with the north London membership.
Ozil his goodbyes on the Emirates on Saturday as he prepares to embark on the following chapter of his profession.
The 31-year-old had been frozen out by Mikel Arteta having been omitted from each the Premier League and Europa League squads.
He has confronted robust criticism from Arsenal followers and pundits for his supposed lack of battle in recent times, however Mustafi is a staunch supporter.
The German defender, who has additionally been linked with a transfer away from the membership, appeared to counsel it was Arsenal – and never Ozil – at fault for his fellow countryman’s struggles.
The centre-back wrote on Twitter: “Bro, you may have been probably the most unselfish participant on and off the pitch, I’ve ever shared the dressing room with.
“You can be at all times remembered because the #AssistKing.
“Sadly we as a crew haven’t been in a position to help you while you wanted us probably the most. All the very best.”
Mustafi will not be anticipated to be an Arsenal participant for much longer and is prone to depart this month.
The 28-year-old has performed simply 45 minutes of Premier League soccer this season.
The Gunners reportedly provided Mustafi a brand new contract however he turned them down and can grow to be a free agent in June.
Barcelona emerged as shock contenders for his signature and will make a transfer in January.