Fans react as Arsenal leave Ozil out of Premier League squad
After being snubbed from the Europa League squad, Arsenal decided not to include Mesut Ozil from their Premier League squad as well.
Ozil has had issues in getting back into the side since last playing for the club in March, and even the manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted that it'd be difficult for him in near future. Ozil's current £350,000-a-week deal with Arsenal expires next year and despite staying put in the recently concluded transfer window, he is rightly expected to depart next year.
Ozil, who arrived from Real Madrid in 2013, has been a key player for the Gunners, but things haven't panned out well. As per the Premier League, Arsenal were to send their 25-man list which must include a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players over the age of 21. As a result of this, Ozil alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been left out of the team.
Reacting to the news, Ozil took to social media to express his discontent and said that he is really disappointed after being left out from the team.
"This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I've played for over the past few years," Ozil said 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.
"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 not 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 eighth 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."
Arsenal's Premier League squad: Cedric Soares, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin*, Willian, Dani Ceballos, Calum Chambers*, Gabriel, Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding*, Sead Kolasinac, Alexandre Lacazette, Bernd Leno, Matt Macey*, Ainsley Maitland-Niles*, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Alex Runarsson, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka
Fans have been left reeling with the decision and this is how they are reacting: