Arsenal and Mikel Arteta announced their 25-man squad for the first half of this season’s Premier League. The players who have missed out will not be allowed to feature until February and the expected big name to be excluded from the list was Mesut Ozil.
The German hasn’t played a single minute of football since the lockdown. Ozil has been axed from the squad for reasons unknown, and that has divided the fan base. The former Real Madrid man has always had his critics, but nobody can deny his quality on the ball.
Ozil, since his debut in 2013, has played over 250 games for us in all competitions, scoring 44 goals and providing 77 assists. He is arguably the most graceful player to play for us in the Emirates era, but things have turned sour behind the scenes, and it looks like he has played his last game for Arsenal.
Arteta’s decision to leave him out of the Premier League squad after excluding him from the Europa League list was the final nail in the coffin. Ozil will now have to decide his future. He can either see out his contract knowing very well he won’t play again, or he can find an agreement with the club to cut his stay short and move elsewhere.
That really is a shame. Arsenal’s squad at the moment is seriously lacking a player like Ozil. The Gunners lack creativity in the final third; something that was overly evident in our defeats to Manchester City at the weekend and at Liverpool before the break.
With Thomas Partey providing the solidity in front of defence that we have lacked for years, Ozil could have been the perfect option for us in the number 10 role, but that will not happen now.
Some Arsenal fans took to social media to have their say on the situation. Predictably, many supporters are disappointed and frustrated with how the club have treated Ozil.
Here’s how a few of them reacted on Twitter
Disgraceful club. We lost our class and values the day Wenger left the club.
— Victor (@VytorAFC) October 20, 2020
So no one is going to explain to the fans what is going on..
— Carol Mosweu (@carolmos14) October 20, 2020
Massively disappointing. I was never the biggest Ozil fan but when he arrived in 2013, I really thought we’d turned the corner as a club after years of disappointment. His treatment has left a sour taste in many people’s mouths…
— Nathan Barnes (@GreenNWhiteGoon) October 20, 2020
Never really been an Ozil fanboy but tbvh I hate how the club has treated him. I don’t think it was necessary, we could have endured him for just few next months and end it with class when his contract expires.
— Jay Njoroge (@Jay2em) October 20, 2020
Very disappointing end to a beautiful career, Arsenal has been totally classless in their dealings with Ozil. Look forward to hearing his side of the story at the end of his contract.
— Kosi💧 (@_kosito) October 20, 2020
This is just mad now! Don’t see what he has done to deserve this. I mean it’s Ozil we’re talking about here. This isn’t a way to treat a player and a person like him! And it isn’t like we got a CAM that’s half as good as him neither is it that we ain’t suffering in that position!
— Emancipator (@Emperor3055) October 20, 2020
This is shocking
Arteta should give us a detailed explanation why Ozil is sidelined..
— Winter_Goonerette🔴 (@XhakaWinter) October 20, 2020
Mistake. Big mistake. Even tho he ain’t the same player he was before but there are some games we do need him and no other player can be creative like him in the squad … but whatever
— Zeke Natty Bongo (@ZekeGoonerXhaka) October 20, 2020