FIVE times Mesut Ozil and Piers Morgan clashed online, including when the GMB host told Unai Emery to sell him in 2019
CAN you remember a time when Mesut Ozil and Piers Morgan got along?
No, us neither. The warring pair are at it again on social media as their spat continues.
The 32-year-old German playmaker sealed a move to Fenerbahce last month, after seven and a half years at Arsenal.
With that, his £350,000-per-week contract was ripped up and he was paid a severance to leave on a free transfer.
Now in Turkey, Ozil has taken a prized possession with him, posting a picture of the item – a ‘Poop On Piers’ branded toilet roll.
He captioned the tweet: “Piers, I took this with me from London to Istanbul to remind me of you!
"Although you probably knew that already before… #pooponpiers'"
Of course, Morgan responded with his own insult, writing: "Mesut, you’re full of c***, so I’m glad to be of much-needed use."
Here's other times their relationship has been far from harmonious.
Morgan's feelings on Ozil's performances changed soon after Ozil inked his huge contract with the Gunners that saw him pocket a fortune.
Now, for every time Arsenal played bad, he had a target for their failures.
And Morgan blasted the midfielder's work rate after a lacklustre display against Brighton that saw Arsene Wenger's team slump to a 2-1 defeat.
He wrote: "Ozil just gave the ball away & stood there like a ****ing stuffed lemon. £300k-a-week to be a lazy git."
That sowed the seeds for future disenchantment.
During the Unai Emery era, Morgan seemingly began to call for Ozil to be sold by the club.
And things came to a head in 2019, after Arsenal's dreams of Champions League qualification were destroyed by Chelsea in a 4-1 hammering in the Europa League final.
Morgan wanted a scapegoat, and probably blood.
"Time to sell Ozil," he tweeted.
"In fact, tonight will be good."
With Ozil being well and truly frozen out of the Arsenal team, the next best thing he could do was become an armchair fan.
And regularly he used his Twitter account to send out message of praise or good luck to his team-mates.
Before a bore draw against Leeds earlier this season, he tweeted: "Let’s goooooo…#COYG #YaGunnersYa".
Cheeky Morgan couldn't wait to reply. "I wish you would, Mesut. For your sake and Arsenal’s," he replied.
Ozil got the last word in, though. "Piers, was that really you, or was your phone hacked?" he responded hilariously.
JUST LIKE POGBA
Many Arsenal fans took Ozil's side in his war with Arteta, especially given Arsenal's lack of creativity.
His omission from the first team coincided with the Gunners enduring a losing streak that left them, at one point this season, in 15th spot.
And when Ozil wrote on Twitter back in December about having the fans behind him, Morgan exploded.
"Real Arsenal fans aren’t behind you," he began. "You’re our Paul Pogba – massively overpaid, massively under-performing, & shockingly overinflated sense of your own importance."
Ozil, referencing Arsenal's defeat to Spurs just the day before Morgan's outburst, replied: "Piers, buddy, are you still bitter from the other day? It seems like you’re not a big fan of World Champions. I wish you would see as good as you hear things."
When Ozil did leave the club in the January transfer window, Morgan couldn't hide his delight that his sworn enemy was sealing a transfer to Fenerbahce.
Morgan vented on Twitter: Loved [Mesut Ozil] when he first came to Arsenal. World class player with a sublime natural talent. Now I can’t wait to see the back of the lazy manipulative £350,000-a-week wastrel.
“You could have been a club legend, Mesut – but you just couldn’t be bothered. Bye.”
And That's what prompted Ozil to show off his loo roll on Twitter in Istanbul.
Is this battle over? Or is it just the start of a war? Time will soon tell, but at least Piers won't be venting over another Ozil no-show in a Gunners' shirt.
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