The club released its premier league squad for the season, and there was two notable exclusions. Mesut Ozil, the club highest paid player, and Sokratis both missed out on the list.
Everything was pointing in this direction, as this duo has been earlier excluded from the Europa League squad list.
The outspoken Mesut Ozil, has gone on social media to express his disappointment at the decision, and to remind fans that he remains committed to the club.
In the letter released, he wrote:
“This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years. I’m really 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 again soon. 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 8th 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.”
The club’s reason for the exclusion is the number of non-home grown players in the squad. There are 19 of such players on the roaster, but we can only accommodate 17 in the squad.
Many think Mesut may have played his last game for the club. But we look to see if he will be reinstated in January.