Mesut Ozil responds to Premier League squad omission / The facts over Arsenal’s decision remain unclear

Mesut Ozil responds to Premier League squad omission / The facts over Arsenal’s decision remain unclear

“I will keep fighting”

Less than 24 hours since the 2pm deadline for Premier League squad submissions, Mesut Ozil has published a statement, responding to his omission by Arsenal:

“This is a difficult message to write to the @Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years. 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. 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 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.”

Gunners mistaken?

Mesut Ozil’s omission from Arsenal’s Premier League squad is not a huge surprise. Ozil has not played for the Gunners since before the lockdown period. Having already been omitted from the club’s Europa League squad along with teammate Sokratis, it always looked unlikely that Mikel Arteta would choose to alternate absentees.

The reason for Ozil’s official omission from the squad, however, remains unpublished. The German maintains a lack of match fitness is not an issue.

Even the latest Arsenal ‘Behind the scenes’ training videos shows the 32-year-old heavily involved:

One of the biggest factors could be financial. The Athletic recently reported that Arsenal were making significant savings through appearance bonuses not being paid.

The next question is do Arsenal need Ozil? The club’s creativity, especially centrally, has been lacking. However, currently the north Londoners’ 3-4-3 system enables just two central midfielders. Mikel Arteta requires complete discipline from his central pair, and Ozil’s commitment to tracking back in games is very questionable.

If Arsenal do switch to a back-four with three in midfield, however, Ozil could occupy the number 10 position. Although Dani Ceballos, Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Willian and Emile Smith-Rowe can all also play in the offensive midfield role.

It appears fans may have seen the last of Ozil in an Arsenal shirt.

Despite the German’s determination to not let his “8th season at Arsenal end like this,” the likelihood is that Mesut Ozil’s time at the Emirates is set to come to a sombre end.

See also: Mesut Ozil insists on Arsenal stay despite claims of mammoth contract offer from Saudi Arabia

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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