The former Germany international has not played for Arsenal since March and had plenty of time for a war of words on social media Sunday
Mesut Ozil aimed a brutal put-down in the direction of Piers Morgan during a back and forth between the pair on Twitter.
Ozil has slipped totally out of favour at Arsenal in recent months, and has been using his time on the sidelines to up his social media game.
While his team-mates have been on the pitch, Ozil has often been found tweeting about the games as they progress.
The tweet prompted a response from Gunners fan Morgan, who said: “I wish you would, Mesut. For your sake and Arsenal’s.”
Ozil chose to respond, and his answer could certainly raise a few eyebrows.
“Piers, was that really you, or was your phone hacked?” was Ozil’s response.
Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror, is never short of a retort and he fired back with a couple of tweets of his own.
“First tackle you’ve put in this season – well done!,” he said, which was followed up with a more lengthy response.
Morgan wrote: “I must say Mesut Ozil 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.”
As Ozil has pointed out with regularity, he says he is training hard in a bid to win back the faith of manager Mikel Arteta – but it has so far been to no avail.
Ozil’s last game for Arsenal was the 1-0 win over West Ham on March 7.
Arteta has elected to go in a different direction to Ozil but the Spaniard could have done with some of the former Germany international’s creative spark as his side were toothless in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Leeds.
The Gunners did have to play a sizeable chunk of the second half with 10 men following the dismissal of Nicolas Pepe, who was shown a straight red card for aiming a headbutt at Ezgjan Alioski, but they lacked a cutting edge in the attacking third.