Claims across social media this afternoon that Arsenal star Mesut Ozil was streaming Fortnite on Twitch moments prior to missing out on the Gunners’ squad to take on Burnley have since been refuted.
Burnley vs Arsenal
Unai Emery’s men are set to take on the Clarets at Turf Moor, in the respective sides’ final outing of the Premier League season.
Arsenal head into proceedings aware that it would require a miracle for them to leapfrog Tottenham into the top-4 by the end of the day, with the Gunners currently sitting 3 points adrift of their North London rivals in 5th, with a +20 goal difference, compared to Spurs +28.
As such, with the capital giants having secured their place in the Europa League final on Thursday night, their Champions League hopes for next season will instead be decided over 90 minutes versus Chelsea at the end of the month.
As a result, it has come as little surprise to see Arsenal’s starting XI heavily-rotated this afternoon.
The likes of Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny have all dropped to the bench at Turf Moor, with Konstantinos Mavropanos, Mohamed Elneny and Joe Willock handed rare starts:
📋 Here’s our lineup for the final @PremierLeague game of the 2018/19 season
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 12, 2019
Ozil misses out
The one key absentee from not only Unai Emery’s starting XI, but his squad altogether, to have since grabbed the headlines, though, is Mesut Ozil.
German midfielder Ozil played an hour of Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over Valencia during the week, with no explanation having been provided by the club for his omission versus Burnley.
As such, when rumours began to spread like wildfire across social media that the former Real Madrid man was streaming himself playing Fortnite on streamer platform Twitch, the Gunners’ faithful were understandably not too happy:
Ozil live on twitch ffs
— Jake (@FutbolOzil) May 12, 2019
wait Ozil is streaming fortnight on twitch? can anyone confirm? oh man he’s gone this summer smh :(
— shaolin soul (@ressiej_) May 12, 2019
— Josh Howe (@JoshO567) May 12, 2019
ozil’s streaming on twitch this guyyyy man he gives no fucks
— flora #ynwa (@LenoSave) May 12, 2019
However, an explanation for Ozil appearing to be at home paying no attention to his side’s upcoming commitments has since been provided.
The stream was in fact a test being carried out by an engineer, not the Arsenal star himself:
It’s a test stream by an engineer. Not him
— ᵃʷ (@boomxhaka34) May 12, 2019
And, as per the reliable James Benge, all of Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have in fact simply been rested this afternoon:
Ozil, Torreira and Sokratis have all been rested
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) May 12, 2019