Arteta responds to Ozil statement assuring he has been “really fair” / Wilshere claims Arsenal have excluded their ‘best player’

Arteta responds to Ozil statement assuring he has been “really fair” / Wilshere claims Arsenal have excluded their ‘best player’

“I’ve been really fair”

Mesut Ozil’s statement in response to being left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad was blunt to say the least, highlighting a possible lack of loyalty from personnel within the club, yet maintaining that he intends to continue his fight not to let his time at the Emirates end on a sour note.

In Mikel Arteta’s ensuing press conference, ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League meeting with Rapid Wien, the Spaniard responded.

“Everybody is free to express his feeling. That’s just a football decision that my conscious is really calm. I’ve been really fair with him, my level of communication with him has been really high,” said Arteta.

Arteta responds to Ozil statement assuring he has been “really fair” / Wilshere claims Arsenal have excluded their ‘best player’

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Edu Arsenal Technical Director chats to Mikel Arteta Arsenal Head Coach before the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“I am sad that I have to leave three players out of this list which is never pleasant. I have to say that I try to look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it. With Mesut I have this feeling because I was being very straightforward since I arrived at this club.”

Arteta also suggested, though that he had previously seen some good in Ozil’s performances:

“Here I feel at the moment today that I want the best possible Mesut for the team.”

“In some moments I was able to get close to that, at the moment I haven’t been able to do it because I have to make the decision to leave him out of the squad.”

Full responsibility

Arteta was also quick to assure that he himself is solely responsible for Ozil being left out:

“Honestly I take full responsibility. I have to be the one getting the best out of the players. It’s my responsibility. It’s nothing relating to any behaviour or, like I read, the paycuts. It’s not true.”

“It’s my decision. If someone has to blame me – and it will happen when we lose football matches – my responsibility. I have to make the decisions to get the best possible squad in order to win football matches and competitions as often as we can.”

“In order to do that I try to be fair with him and any other players and defend as much as possible the interests of the football club.”

Former Gunner Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, has since had his say on the matter. Having missed plenty of football through injury, Wilshere is no stranger to watching on from the sidelines:

Replying to Gary Lineker’s thoughts on his former teammate’s exile, Wilshere revealed his belief that Ozil is still Arsenal’s ‘best player.’ Whether that is the case or not, Arteta’s decision to freeze the German out is sure to split opinion across the footballing world.

See also: Mesut Ozil responds to Premier League squad omission / The facts over Arsenal’s lack of inclusion remain unclear

The Top 5 most surprising free agents after the close of the European transfer window / Could any of these improve your club?


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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