The Mesut Ozil saga keeps rumbling on at Arsenal as one of the greatest midfield talents in recent years continues to cut a peripheral figure at the club.
The German midfielder has still not played a minute since March, and unless his manager Mikel Arteta performs a dramatic U-turn he looks set to be frozen out until the end of his contract in June.
It would be a sad and undignified end to Ozil's time at the Emirates given how much the German playmaker contributed during the beginning of his spell in north London.
At that time, Gunners great Arsene Wenger was his boss, and the Frenchman spoke out on Monday urging Arteta to give the player another chance.
"I feel it is a waste for him (Ozil)," Wenger said.
"Firstly because he's in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most. And it's a waste for the club as well because he's a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.
"He's been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again."
Despite his recent words of encouragement to Ozil, Wenger was perhaps one of the first who could have seen this highly uncomfortable situation developing judging by his comments in 2019.
At that time, Ozil had only recently signed his lucrative three-and-a-half year extension to his existing deal at Arsenal, with his wages increased to an eye-watering £350,000-a-week.
Wenger, however, clearly did not agree with the decision, and was worried how it would affect Ozil's work rate and effort.
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Speaking after being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards last year, Wenger said: "I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases.
"Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practise, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone."
Indeed, Ozil was already demonstrating signs of a faltering lack of effort under previous manager Unai Emery at that stage, perhaps for the very reasons Wenger had highlighted.
Nobody, however, could have predicted just how great his fall would be, to the point that there are now question marks over whether he will ever be seen in an Arsenal shirt again.
The next few weeks will be fascinating to watch play out.
Will Arteta be able to coax Ozil out of his "comfort zone" and get him contributing to the team again before it is too late?
Or will Ozil continue to rot in the reserves with Wenger's previous warning hanging over him?
Only time will tell.
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