Pressefolkene in the Arsenal must be gradually slightly tired of Mesut Ozil.

Last year came a German with Turkish roots in trouble even when he posed with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the WORLD championships, and in June was the controversial president also Özils wedding.

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Özil came in stormy weather, when he posed with Erdogan. Now contests China’s persecution of muslims. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

And now press offices again come to work, because Mesut Ozil has again stuck his hand into a political hornet’s nest.

On his Instagram account, he shared a text that supports the muslim minority Uighurere, who are persecuted in the Xinjiang province in China.

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– They burn their korans. They close their mosques. They prohibit in their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced in camps and the rest of the families are forced to live with chinese men. Women are forced to marry with chinese men, says among other things in the text.

It is estimated that more than a million muslims have been detained in the camps, and the UN has called on China to stop the persecution.

Arsenal will, however, for all the world like to avoid, their players are mingling in the political disputes in public.

– Regarding the comments from Mesut Ozil on social media is Arsenal had to come with a clear statement.

– the Content that is published, is Özils personal position. Which football club has Arsenal always stuck to the principle of not to get involved in politics, says in a communication from the Arsenal, which among other things is posted on the popular chinese social media Weibo.

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Mesut Ozil has started in Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches. Photo: Chris Radburn/Ritzau Scanpix

Arsenal have also a wide range of economic and commercial interests in China, which may very well be harmed, when one of the team’s biggest – and probably best-paid – stars directly going out and criticise the chinese regime.

It has one in the first place tried to solve by taking the distance from Özils comments. However, he was in the starting line-up in Sunday’s match against Manchester City.

After a start to the season on the bench, Mesut Ozil started on the pitch in Arsenal’s six most recent Premier League matches. He and teammate Sead Kolasinac was attacked in London in the end of July, and it kept the German from the course in a longer period of time.

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