Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has taken to Twitter to pen an emotional message after being left out the club’s Premier League squad.
The Gunners named their 25-man squad on Tuesday, and two senior players had to miss out, with Ozil one of them as his exile continues.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos was the other, but Ozil’s omission has sparked controversy in North London, with some feeling that he is being treated unfairly.
The 32-year-old joined Arsenal from Real Madrid back in 2013, and has racked up 44 goals and 77 assists in 254 games for the Gunners, but his influence has been on the wane.
Ozil has only played 12 games for Mikel Arteta, and he seemingly won’t make another Premier League appearance for the club having been axed from the squad until at least January.
Ozil may well decide to move on in January; The Daily Star report that Major League Soccer clubs are keen on signing Ozil, though his £350,000-a-week wages could be an issue.
Now, Ozil has taken to Twitter to send an emotional message to fans, admitted his sadness that his loyalty to Arsenal hasn’t been reciprocated by the club, noting that loyalty is hard to ccome by nowadays.
Ozil notes that he was ‘really happy’ with his progress under Arteta, and felt his performances were at a high level, but ‘things changed again’, and he is now out of the squad.
The German added that he still feels a strong connection to Arsenal, and doesn’t want his eighth season at Arsenal to end like this, so he will continue to train as hard as he can to get back into Arteta’s plans – though that now seems rather unlikely.