German playmaker Ozil has almost certainly played his last game for the Gunners after being omitted from Arsenal’s Premier League squad for the 2020-21 season.
While Ozil could be added to the squad in January, it appears more likely that he will finally leave the Emirates either during that transfer window or at the end of the season.
Ozil’s agent says Arsenal fans deserve an ‘honest explanation’ as to why he has been cast aside and accused Arteta of telling lies.
Dr. Erkut Sogut told ESPN: ‘Arsenal fans deserve an honest explanation, not [Arteta] saying “I failed Ozil.”
‘You didn’t fail Ozil: you failed to be fair, honest and transparent and treat someone with respect who has a contract and was loyal all the time.
‘Every single person outside knows he hasn’t treated him fairly. He didn’t give him a chance to show himself this season.
‘If he is still under contract, the player should have the option to stay and fight for his place. Mesut hasn’t been given that.
‘Why would you put a player on the bench twice for 90 minutes [against Brighton and Southampton in June] if he wasn’t fit or committed?
‘Everyone says he’s training well. Per Mertesacker said this publicly. I spoke with at least five teammates who say he is training great.
‘So it can’t be the training – if it is not the pitch, what are the footballing reasons? If you talk, you should tell the truth that the Arsenal fans deserve otherwise don’t talk at all.’
Ozil’s agent also ruled out a move to another Premier League club as his Arsenal career declines, insisting ‘he is a Gunner in the end’.
‘Mesut started zero games in the Premier League in his last season,’ added Sogut.
‘He wasn’t there in the last six months at all, busy doing his coaching badges and meeting coaches for his future.
‘Mesut plays for one English team and that’s it because he feels he can only play for that team. He is a Gunner in the end.
‘Arsene Wenger put him on the field for the final two minutes of his last game just to give him a nice moment, even though he wasn’t fit for months.
‘Look at how [Arteta] was treated in his final two years, and how Mesut is getting treated in his final year.’