BREAKING NEWS: Mesut Ozil speaks out to SLAM Arsenal for a lack of ‘loyalty’ and says he is being stopped from playing for the club he ‘loves’ after Mikel Arteta cut him from his Premier League squad
- Mesut Ozil has spoken out about his exclusion from Arsenal’s domestic squad
- The £350k-a-week star said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ by the club’s decision
- He questioned their loyalty and insisted he still loved playing for the team
- Ozil vowed to keep fighting for his place despite huge doubt over his future
Mesut Ozil has broken his silence on his exile from the Arsenal squad after being left out of their 25-man Premier League squad, admitting he is ‘deeply disappointed’ by Mikel Arteta’s decision and hit out at the club’s lack of ‘loyalty’.
The German midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since before the Premier League restarted from coronavirus lockdown but has fallen far down the pecking order under Arteta – with his exclusion from his domestic squad the latest blow.
The £350,000-a-week star has spoken out on social media to give a passionate message to Arsenal fans, revealing how he has been ‘saddened’ to be left out of the team and that his ‘allegience’ to the team is not being reciprocated.
Mesut Ozil has slammed Arsenal’s lack of ‘loyalty’ after being left out of their domestic squad
The German midfielder has fallen far down the pecking order under manager Mikel Arteta
‘This is a difficult message to write to the @Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years,’ he wrote.
‘I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the @PremierLeague 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’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far.’
Ozil said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ to be left out but vowed to keep fighting for his place
The 32-year-old said he was pleased with his progress under Arteta when he arrived last year before being left surprised after the Spaniard gradually started to leave him out of the first team picture.
He said his relationship with the supporters remained strong and would continue to fight for his chance at the Emirates – even though he is unlikely to play any competitive football until at least January, with his contract up next summer.
‘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.
In a message to Arsenal fans, he praised his connection with supporters and insisted that London ‘still feels like home’
‘But then things changed, again, and I was not 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, who has also been excluded from Arteta’s Europa League squad, has faced increasing uncertainty at the club this year, with fans and pundits claiming there may be no way back for the former Real Madrid playmaker.