Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career looks to be all but over after the German, who is the last year of his contract with the North London club, was left out of The Gunners’ Europa League and Premier League squads.
Yesterday, the Gunners named their 25-man squad list for the Premier League and the German’s name was nowhere to be seen, meaning he can’t play any top-flight games until January at the earliest, whilst he was also not registered to play in Europe either.
Ozil, upon finding out about Arsenal’s decision, took to social media to release a statement.
“This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years. I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being.
“Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated. As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays.
“I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far. Before the Coronavirus break, I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level.
“But then things changed, again, and I was no longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. What else can I say? London still feels like home, I still have many good friends in this team, and I still feel a strong connection with the fans of this club. No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th season at Arsenal end like this. I can promise you that this hard decision won’t change anything in my mindset – I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.”
Ozil was made an outcast by previous manager Unai Emery, but when Arteta first took over, he brought the former German international back into the fold.
However, for whatever reason, the Spaniard has once again sent Ozil to the sidelines, meaning he is now picking up an incredible salary without actually playing football.