Jack Wilshere has hit out at Arsenal’s treatment of Mesut Ozil after his omission from the Gunners’ Premier League squad, going so far as to claim the German is the club’s best player. Ozil appears to have no future at the Emirates after missing out on both the Europa League and Premier League squad lists.
Ozil’s time at Arsenal appears to be at an end after being left out of the club’s two squad lists for this season.
The German playmaker, who is out of contract until next summer, hasn’t played since March after being frozen out by Mikel Arteta.
After the Premier League restart, he was included in matchday squads for games away at Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton. However, he failed to make it off the bench in either game.
Ozil being left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad appears to be the final nail in the coffin for the 32-year-old, and the decision sparked heated discussion online.
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Gunners fans leapt to Ozil’s defence, while Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Torreira both ‘liked’ his emotional post on Instagram where he discussed being left out.
Wilshere was also quick to support his old team-mate, as he replied to a tweet from Gary Lineker about the situation.
Lineker posted: “Every footballer wants to play. Not being able to, regardless of salary, is soul destroying.”
Wilshere responded by claiming Ozil was the club’s best player, supporting Lineker’s statement.
The Gunners were reportedly ready to pay the rest of his wages if he were to leave the club, but there were no interested suitors.
In a statement of his own, Ozil insisted he was still willing to keep fighting for his place under Arteta.
He wrote: He wrote: “This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve not played for over the past few years.
“I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I’ve not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being.
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“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 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?”