Twitter Q&A’s between professional footballers and fans rarely ever end well.
Yes, they allow fans to interact with their favourite stars. But very often they become a platform for the ridiculous.
Take Jack Wilshere’s Q&A with ESPN last month, for example. Instead of asking the Arsenal midfielder for his thoughts on the upcoming Euros, or his assessment of the Gunners’ season, or even general questions such as his favourite genre of music, fans took the opportunity to ask Wilshere, “What kind of shampoo does Steve Bould use?”, “How many fags do you plan on bringing back through customs if you go to the Euros?” and “What did you and [Abou] Diaby do in all your spare time on the sidelines?”
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So Mesut Ozil’s decision to host a Q&A on the social media site was probably met with much doubt. And yes, some comical questions did fly in.
“Will there ever been a boy born who can swim faster than a shark?” one user asked.
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But it was Ozil’s answer to a question about his future that really caught the attention.
One fan asked the former Schalke playmaker if he will ever play in the Bundesliga again, to which Ozil replied: “You never know…”
It’s probably the wink face that sets alarm bells ringing more than the actual response. It’s like a deal has already been agreed for the Arsenal star to return to his homeland at some point in the future.
Anyway, cue a meltdown from Arsenal fans.
Bayern Munich rumours
The Independent recently reported Bayern Munich’s supposed interested in the 27-year-old. Ozil has postponed discussions regarding a new contract with Arsenal, putting the Bundesliga champions on alert.
The former Real Madrid man, who has two years remaining on his current deal, has put talks on hold until after the European Championships. Bayern are reportedly wondering if this is a sign of his desperation to leave the Emirates Stadium.
The Independent’s report also includes a claim from The Times that Arsenal are prepared to make Ozil the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
Currently earning £140,000-a-week, the Gunners will offer Ozil a deal worth £200,000-a-week.
That is just how desperate Arsenal’s hierarchy is to keep hold of a player who recorded 19 assists and was named the club’s Player of the Season.