German midfielder Mesut Ozil has broken his silence after being axed from Arsenal’s English Premier League squad for the 2020/21campaign.
The 32-year-old has not played a single match for the Gunners since 7th March, having initially been Mikel Artera’s first choice since his appointment last year.
Ozil has spent seven years with Arsenal after joining from Real Madrid in 2013.
Reacting to Arsenal’s decision to sideline him, Ozil released an official statement for his fans on his social media platforms.
“This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years. I’m deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being,” he wrote.
In 2018, Ozil turned down offers from Manchester United, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain to extend his contract with the Gunners.
“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.”
Ozil was also left out of the Europa League squad alongside Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
His last match for Arsenal was against West Ham United and that was before football was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before the coronavirus break, Ozil says that things were just okay under new coach Mikel Arteta, but this changed later.
“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 no 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.”
Despite the challenges, Ozil insists that he will continue fighting for his place as he will not let his eighth season at the club end just like that.
“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.”