It is really the end for Mesut Ozil and his time at the Emirates stadium.
Mikel Arteta deploys total exile on midfielder Mesut Ozil. After already not making the cut for the Spanish boss when being excluded from his Europa League squad, he now has subsequently been omitted from Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad.
Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad for the 2020/21 season.
This makes what was clear before even clearer now… The German must now start thinking about life outside of London (well that’s if Chelsea doesn’t sign him like they have others before). This has been coming on long with his first-team chances fading away with each season that passed.
Following the North London club’s action of his exclusion from the final squad was the reaction of the German himself who hasn’t featured this season despite being as fit as a horse. The midfielder sounded gutted in a public statement put out on all his social media platforms but claims he will put his head down and continue to train with the team and work hard.
“Loyalty is hard to come by.”
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 21, 2020
No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my eighth season at Arsenal end like this. 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’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far.
The 32-year-old is joined by centre-back Sokratis who was all but sold in the summer. His exit looked quite close but never materialised. The demoted duo will recommence their trade with the Gunners under-23s.
January we should be seeing both men part ways with Arsenal but where they will end up remains the biggest mystery of them all.
Centre-back Sokratis has also been omitted from the 25-man squad. Both players will only be able to represent Arsenal U23s until 2021 at the earliest as Ozil’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires next summer.
Arsenal’s 25-man EPL final squad:
Cedric Soares, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin (homegrown), Willian, Dani Ceballos, Calum Chambers (homegrown), Gabriel, Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding (homegrown), Sead Kolasinac, Alexandre Lacazette, Bernd Leno, Matt Macey (homegrown), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (homegrown), Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Alex Runar Runarsson, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka
Arteta believes Mesut Ozil got over enough chances
Firstly, the head boss is not backing down on his selection and is simply at peace with it. It was a decision based on football according to the gaffer. Nothing personal just business Ozil.
Arteta on his decision to leave Ozil of the 25-man Premier League squad:
It was just a football decision and my conscience is very calm because I have been really fair with him. My level of communication with him has been high, we know what to expect with each other.
Secondly, he feels there has been ample opportunity provided for all since the time Arteta walked through the doors and was named as the manager of the club he once played for. When he joined he made it clear, all will get the chance to prove themselves on the pitch before cuts are made.
He has had the opportunities like everybody else. I’m sad that I had to leave three players out of this list but I tried to look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it. (Via: Sky Sports)
Whether you believe the manager or not, we all must keep in mind, Ozil’s exile from anything Arsenal started when he started having an opinion on things, did things questionable to others who make the rules, and had a dip in form.
You are not made the highest-paid outfielder by the club and then all of the sudden get alienated purely based on poor form.
Clubs and managers normally try to justify their big earners and why they are earning megabucks but it has not been the case for the World Cup winner at the Emirates.