Matteo Guendouzi has responded to Mesut Ozil after his ex-Arsenal teammate tipped him to be a future star.
Both players have been sent into exile by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and look unlikely to feature in the same Gunners side again.
Guendouzi is currently out on loan at Hertha Berlin until the end of the season, while Ozil continues to be frozen out while his contract runs down.
Ozil has proved himself to be a master of PR during his time on the sidelines, and appeared to be at it again by siding with his fellow outcast.
Asked during a Twitter Q&A of who the most underrated player he had played with was, Ozil replied: “@MatteoGuendouzi – I’m sure he will be a big football player one day!”
Whilst it looked to be a thinly-veiled dig at Arteta, Guendouzi was more than delighted with Ozil’s compliment.
Responding to his tweet, 22-year-old Guendouzi wrote: “Thank you my bro @MesutOzil1088. You know how much these words are important for me especially from you, one of the best player[s] in the world and the best I played with.”
Guendouzi fell out with Arteta twice at the back end of last season – once on a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, the other following Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton in June.
That was the Frenchman’s last appearance from Arsenal, and he is now trying to rebuild his career in Germany.
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But he did little for his hopes of earning a recall to Arteta’s squad when liasing with another out-of-favour star William Saliba on social media earlier this month.
Saliba complained to Guendouzi of feeling “locked up” at Arsenal like he was, to which the midfielder replied: “We’re together, my little brother.”
So far this season Guendouzi has made eight appearances for Hertha, scoring once, though is not thought to be part of Arteta’s long-term plans.