Mesut Ozil criticised by Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright for dressing room selfie

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Having ended five years of hurt in the league against Chelsea, Arsenal are on cloud nine after their 3-0 victory.

Given the nature of the win, it’s no surprise that the squad and supporters alike are joyous. Mesut Ozil in particular has exemplified this by taking to Instagram and posting a selfie celebrating the victory.

However, this seemingly harmless piece of social media activity has struck a nerve with BT Sports pundits Ian Wright and Rio Ferdinand. Despite the magnitude of the result, they’re of the opinion that Ozil is in the wrong.


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Although the vast majority of Arsenal players warranted praise this weekend, few more so than Ozil. The German was the puppet master throughout the game and even secured himself a place on the scoresheet.

Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott may have soaked up most of the compliments, but Ozil was the architect behind most of Arsenal’s attacks. Even the stalwart that is N’Golo Kante couldn’t nullify the ex-Real Madrid man.

Unsurprisingly happy with his performance, Ozil then decided to update his Instagram profile to document a successful day at the office.

The 27-year-old wields a hearty following of 8.8 million fans and uploaded a dressing room selfie after the game. The picture sees him posing with Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka and has amassed in excess of 200,000 likes.

The post can be seen below:

Given the rapid growth of social media and its rising role in football, there seems nothing greatly shocking about Ozil’s snap. BT Sports’ pundits beg to differ however.


Despite Ferdinand being a prolific Instagram user himself, the ex-Manchester United defender was worried by Ozil’s actions. It proved a view with which Ian Wright sympathised.

Presenter Jake Humphrey played devil’s advocate, but in vein. His colleagues were insistent that Ozil was demonstrating complacency and giving Arsenal’s rivals a source for motivation.

Ferdinand and Wright’s response can be seen below:

Whether or not Tottenham players will actually view this post as inspiration stimulus is unknown, but the pundits do have a point. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Ozil meant no harm with his selfie.

What is for sure though is that Arsenal will be greatly buoyed by their weekend result. If the Gunners turn their attention to their next game and not dressing room pictures, then their purple patch could continue to extend.

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