Mesut Ozil was pictured jetting away on the day of Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Sutton United, as the midfielder is offered a rest with the Gunners not due for action until March 4th against Liverpool.
The midfielder is reportedly carrying a niggling back problem that has resulted in back spasms and ongoing pain that could go some way in explaining his dip in form.
The German international was pictured eating out in Istanbul, Turkey (via Express) – something which will anger some Arsenal fans who believe the clubs record signing has been under performing since the turn of the year and will no doubt draw criticism for not being on the training pitch this week.
Ozil has been heavily under fire in recent weeks especially with another absent performance against many of his compatriots at Bayern Munich, and was offered a chance to leave England briefly in search of some respite.
Arsenal have been afforded a rare break this weekend with Southampton taking part in the EFL Cup final, meaning the squad will have the chance to recuperate ahead of the gruelling end of season run-in.
The Gunners are expected to welcome back Laurent Koscielny and Alex Iwobi to training this week alongside Ozil, however Arsene Wenger has been dealt a massive blow with the bad news on Santi Cazorla’s latest setback.