Demba Ba Slams Arsenal Over Handling of Mesut Ozil China Row on Social Media

​Demba Ba has slammed Arsenal’s handling of Mesut Ozil after the midfielder used social media to criticise China over their treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority.

Ozil had taken to both Twitter and Instagram to criticise Chinese policies towards Uighur Muslims, but Arsenal distanced themselves from the issue on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

According to ​Reuters, Arsenal’s official statement reads: “The content he expressed is entirely Ozil’s personal opinion. As a football club, Arsenal always adheres to the principle of not being involved in politics.”

Responding to the article from Reuters on Twitter, former Chelsea striker Ba stated: “Not surprised. Arsenal just keep distancing themselves from the best in general.” 

Ba is, of course, alluding to the issues the Gunners have had on the pitch this season.

​Ozil’s posts called Uighurs “warriors who resist persecution” and voiced his concerns on China’s policies towards them, and the silence of other Muslims on this issue.

​Arsenal’s Weibo response received some angry replies, including calls for Ozil to be banned from playing for Arsenal.

The Chinese Football Association told government-backed news outlet The Paper that it was both “outraged and disappointed” by Ozil’s comments, calling them “inappropriate.”

The relationship between Ozil and Arsenal has never been more fractured, with issues on and off the pitch marring his time with the north London club. The former Real Madrid star has been strongly linked with a move away from the club, as he has become somewhat of a ‘marmite’ figure at the Emirates Stadium.

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The 31-year-old has featured in only seven ​Premier League games this season, scoring no goals and grabbing only one assist, while he has only made one appearance off the bench for the Gunners in the Europa League.