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31st Dec 2017

You can probably guess the conclusion football fans are jumping to about Mesut Özil’s injury

We *think* most of them were joking...

JOE

Now, let’s make this clear from the off: we *think* (hope) that the vast majority of the tweets embedded in this article are all tongue in cheek.

This said, you can never quite be sure what’s genuine and what’s a joke when navigating the murky waters of football twitter.

What we do know is that Mesut Özil will not be getting a kick as Arsenal take on West Brom at The Hawthorns on New Year’s Eve. The German international, who is yet to sign a new contract with the club, has not been included in their match day squad after picking up a ‘slight’ knee injury.

Or at least, that’s the official line. With the transfer window set to open in a matter of hours, this was seemingly interpreted by some as a sign that he was set for an imminent departure from The Emirates. With recent reports suggesting Özil might fancy a reunion with former Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, plenty of those tweeting on the matter were claiming that Manchester United might be his preferred destination.

https://twitter.com/michael_adee/status/947499917282627586

https://twitter.com/JonMUFC1234/status/947498023617220610

https://twitter.com/ReganPhilip/status/947494115247382528

https://twitter.com/FutboIDanieI/status/947492008897269761

Earlier in the day, an injury to Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus prompted some football fans to claim that Alexis Sanchez’ move to the Etihad may now take place in the next month. Time will tell.