Arsenal fans have been reacting in their hordes after Mesut Ozil’s omission from the club’s Premier League squad on Tuesday.
The 2014 World cup winner was confirmed to be left out of the 25-man roster by manager Mikel Arteta. It came as a shock to many fans who believed the Germany international could revive his Arsenal career, despite his lack of first-team action this season.
Ozil, who is the club’s highest paid player, has been outcast at Arsenal since last season’s Project Restart, but he would not publicly explain his absence in the side.
However, the midfielder, 32, hit back at the club in a statement via Twitter on Tuesday, describing loyalty at the Emirates “hard to come by.”
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 21, 2020
Ozil, who joined the club in 2013, said: “As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays…
“I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible to use my voice against inhumanity and injustice.”
This tweet caused many Arsenal fans to rally behind Ozil, thanking him for his contribution and condemning the club for their actions.
Even if Ozil has declined as a player, he's more than good enough to make squads. I believe him being left out is mainly to do with rejecting the pay-cut (which he was justified in doing) above everything else. I'm of the view Arsenal were morally wrong to do what we did.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) October 21, 2020
Despite a large number of fans and professionals flocking out in the defence of the German, there were some Arsenal fans who were anything but sympathetic towards their highest earner.
he isnt good enough either way and should be treated like any player in the squad! same happened with Sokratis (left out of PL/UEL squads) but he hasnt said anything… if he cared about the club, like he say he does, he’d have left already – had two offers in the summer.
— TD 🇳🇴 (@ELNENNYYY) October 21, 2020
Bailey, 20, an Arsenal fan said: “In my opinion, Ozil is one of the most loyal players to come to this club. He has been here since 2013 and I personally say that transfer was one of the best moments of my life. I believe we still need him there in the team as we are missing that creative mind.
I do think the board are unfairly treating a loyal player who’s stuck it out as long as Ozil all because of a wage they gave him”.
Daniel, 21, another Arsenal Fan said: “From where I stand, I want Mesut Ozil out of my club as soon as possible. He is the highest-paid player collecting £350k-per-week and received a recent £8 million loyalty bonus to not even make the team?
“From what I can see, the board is doing their best and I’m right behind them because recent seasons show he’s not good enough to play for Arsenal anymore.”
Where did it all go wrong for Ozil?
Ozil’s career at the club began to take a hit following the departure of Arsene Wenger in 2018, the head coach who brought him to the Emirates.
Ozil flourished in the No. 10 role under Wenger, who suited the French coach’s attacking system.
But the midfielder has struggled to hold down a starting spot under Wenger’s successors: Unai Emery and Arteta.
Off-the-field issues also seem to have further derailed Ozil’s status at the club. He was among three players to decline a wage cut that had been requested by the club’s board due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic. The midfielder later said that players were “rushed” into making a decision.
Ozil will not be able to be added to the club’s league squad until January, with growing speculation over whether he will finish the season at the club.
Words: Michael Patcha. Sub-editor: Sam Tabahriti