Mesut Ozil admits there have been ‘hard days’ at Arsenal following their heavy defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Barring a miracle turnaround, the Gunners are out of Europe after being beaten 5-1 by the German champions at the Allianz Arena.
Arsenal face Sutton United in the FA Cup on Monday evening, but Ozil seemingly confirmed his absence on Snapchat with a picture of himself in a plane just hours before kick-off.
Ozil followed that up with a message of support to his Arsenal team-mates on Instagram.
He wrote: ‘We’ve had hard days here at Arsenal after our last match! But we have to find focus again, Gooners! Wish you a successful week. #COYG.’
Ozil has faced heavily criticism over his performance against Bayern last week, but the midfielder’s agent believes the backlash from fans has been excessive.
‘Criticism is normal if a player plays badly,’ Dr Erkut Sogut told BBC Sport.
‘But Mesut feels people are not focusing on his performance; they are using him as a scapegoat for the team after bad results.”
‘Bayern had 74% possession
‘How can someone in the No.10 position create chances if you don’t have the ball?
‘In these games people usually target a player who cost a lot of money and earns a lot of money – that is Mesut. But he can’t be always be the scapegoat. That’s not fair.
‘Football is a team sport and Arsenal are not performing well as a team. Eleven players were on the pitch but Mesut was singled out for criticism. Was he the reason that Arsenal conceded five goals?’