Ozil hit back at his latest snub by accusing the club of lacking ‘loyalty and allegiance’ to him.
Earlier this year, the 32-year-old was one of the Gunners players to have rejected a pay cut during the Covid-19 shutdown. However, Arteta insisted that Ozil opting not to take a hit on his mammoth £350,000-a-week wages is not the reason he has not featured.
The World Cup winner was also frozen out for a time under previous boss Unai Emery – and Invincible Lauren believes that the midfielder is to blame for his continued exclusion and not his manager or the club.
‘All of us who follow Arsenal want to see the best players but this situation has not come from now. I believe it is the same with [Unai] Emery and Arteta.
‘Arteta would love to have the best players in the squad. If Ozil is not there it’s a consequence of many issues.
‘First of all, it’s the fault of the player. I believe if you have the quality, if you are a top player, if you are not involved week in week out I believe that is your own fault.
‘Obviously all of the club have to try to do their best in order to make the player happy and be in the squad and be in the team and play every weekend.
‘But the fact that with Emery and now with Arteta he hasn’t been consistent it is not the manager. I believe it is more the player than the manager or the club.
‘This is what I believe because if you have the quality, if you are a top player and you are one hundred per cent committed in the team they will play you, they won’t have any other option.
‘If you are doing everything that you should do as a top player it is difficult for a manager and a club to say look you are not going to play, you are not going to be involved in the team.
‘Of course it hurts [Ozil]. It hurts [me] because I would love to see the best players in my team. I would love to see the best players playing for Arsenal.
‘They’re the team that I follow, they’re the team that I love and I would like to see the best players in that squad but if he is not there it’s a consequence of so many issues that came from the past.’