Mesut Ozil has expressed his disappointment at being omitted from Arsenal’s Premier League squad but has vowed to ‘keep fighting’ as he bids to regain favour at the Emirates.
Ozil was the highest-profile casualty amongst the names omitted from Premier League squads across the division, the midfielder having been exiled from the Arsenal squad of late having not featured since before the division’s lockdown in March.
The German’s absence comes despite being the highest-paid player in the Gunners’ history and marks a drastic decline for the former club-record signing, Mikel Arteta having made it clear in no uncertain terms that Ozil has no future in north London.
Ozil – whose contract expires next summer – will now be unable to play for Arsenal until February next year at the earliest, and appears to have played his final game for the club, though outlined his desire to fight for his future after taking to social media to express his feelings on his omission.
“This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years,” Ozil wrote on Instagram. “I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 21, 2020
“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 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.
“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.”