Ozil finally breaks silence after being left out of Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has labelled the Club as being disloyal following his exclusion from the final Premier League squad for the 2020/21 season.
Following the closure of both domestic and international transfer windows, all Premier League clubs were due to present their final 25-man-squad for the 2020/21 campaign.
And on Tuesday, Arsenal forwarded it list of squad to the Premier League board and shockingly, Mesut Ozil was not included in the squad.
Mesut Ozil, the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history played every single League game under new manager Mikel Arteta before the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, however, the German international has not featured for the club since the restart and the inception of the new season.
The World Cup winner joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, helping the club to end their nine-year trophy drought with the 2014 FA Cup.
On Wednesday, the 32-year-old took to Instagram, pouring out his frustrations, saying; ‘he is extremely sad and disappointed as well as labelling the club as being dishonest and lacking loyalty.’
“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.”
“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 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 eighth 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.”
Club Centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos was also omitted from the 25-man squad. Both of them will only be able to represent Arsenal U23s until at least 2021.