Arsenal criticised by brain charity over Özil signing

Acquisition and persistent selection of German cited as proof positive of lingering Wenger concussion.

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DELICATE: Brain (Image: Shannan Muskopf)

Arsenal’s £42m signing of Mesut Özil has been criticised by brain injury charity Headway, it is being reported in articles such as this one.

The association’s chief executive Peter McCabe said it was “hard to understand how a concussion was not suspected” on the part of Gunners boss Arsène Wenger, citing the Frenchman’s acquisition and persistent selection of Özil as clear evidence that he’s suffering the lingering effects of head trauma.


Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, McCabe spluttered with wide-eyed incredulity about Arsenal’s “gross negligence”.

He roared: “The new rules introduced this season were designed to ensure no risks to managers’ health were taken.

“They clearly state that if there is any suspicion of the gaffer having sustained a concussion that’s resulting in bizarre decision-making over an extended period of time, they must be taken out of the firing line straight away.

“Unquestioned selection of a misfiring German playmaker is one of the symptoms that requires an immediate visit to hospital.

When pressed for comment, Wenger span round in circles and kept asking “does the 253 bus go from here?”.