There will be no Mesut Ozil appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League until at least January, with the German midfielder sensationally left out of the club’s 25-man squad list that was submitted on Tuesday, yet the player has hit back suggesting that he pledged his loyalty to the north London club and was saddened to see it wasn’t reciprocated.
In what is one of the more bizarre fiascos in recent Premier League history, Ozil has found himself totally frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s team, despite having made a positive start to life under the Spanish coach prior to COVID-19.
It would be disingenuous to say that Ozil has been crucial to the Gunners’ ambitions for as far back as the 2018/19 season, with his performances often lacking consistency, however even with that in mind he is far too good a footballer to be left on the sidelines completely.
“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,” Ozil explained in a statement released on social media.
“Before the COVID-19 break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta, we were on a positive road and I’d say my performances were on a really good level. Then things changed and I was no longer allowed to play football for Arsenal, what else can I say? I will continue to train as best I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.”
Now there have been a number of instances which could have led to this situation, with Ozil being an outspoken defender of the Uighurs’ plight in China, with Arsenal having distanced themselves from his statements on that topic.
There was also controversy as the German midfielder refused to take a pay cut at Arsenal during the height of the pandemic, although he declared it was because there was a lack of clarity from Arsenal on just what the money would be used for, as he told The Athletic.
The Cold War between Ozil and Arsenal worsened in the closing days of the transfer window, as the German playmaker offered to pay the entire salary of the newly unemployed individual who had, for years, worn the suit of Gunners’ mascot, Gunnersaurus, whilst the Gunners spent 45 million euros on Thomas Partey.
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