Mesut Ozil has hit out at Arsenal for axing him from their 25-man Premier League squad. The German sent a message to the fans of the Gunners, stating that ‘loyalty is hard to come by nowadays’. Arsenal decided to not include Ozil into their playing squads for the Premier League and Europa League, meaning the German will not play professional football until at least February if he decides to stay in London.
“This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years”, Ozil writes. “I’m really disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being. Upon signing my 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 have 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”, Ozil added. “Before the coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta. 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.”