Mesut Ozil had yet another game to forget as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in the last ever north London derby at White Hart Lane.
Few of the visitors’ players did anything of note, but Ozil was particularly absent from the action.
The Germany international may well be entering his final few games at the club, but he is giving the supporters little to remember him by.
Understandably, the playmaker is frustrated. It’s clear that his confidence has taken a knock this season and his future remains uncertain as he approaches the last year of his contract.
That frustration reached a head after the final whistle against Spurs. While Mauricio Pochettino remained in the dugout to give each of his players a hug, the Arsenal XI trudged off the field dejectedly.
In the tunnel, Ozil was then informed that he had been selected at random to take a drugs test.
It was the unhappy job of Arsenal club doctor Gary O’Driscoll to tell the midfielder, who according to the Evening Standard, told him to “f*** off” and then kicked a door, leaving his stud marks on it.
The newspaper suggests that his anger stemmed from the sheer number of times he has been selected for the tests this season, but of course, there is more to it than that given the way his overall campaign has gone.
The 28-year-old has done very little to justify his £140,000 a week – which he wants increased – and this could well spell the end of his time in north London.