Ozil has not been named in Arsenal’s Premier League or Europa League squads and looks likely to have played his last game for the club, despite his contract running until the end of the season and him earning £350,000-a-week.
It remains unclear why bridges between player and club have been so severely burned, after Ozil was a regular in the side when Arteta took over as manager in December.
He has not played since the coronavirus hiatus, though, and has not even appeared on the bench so far this season and Arteta feels like he has exhausted all options with the German.
‘What I can tell you that I tried my best, I tried to give him as many opportunities as I could,’ Arteta told Sky Sports. ‘And that from my own side, I’ve been patient, given him opportunities and been fair.
‘He’s a player that belongs to a football club, he’s been a really important player in the last few seasons. I have to respect that, I’m here to make decisions, the best decisions for the team and for the club.
‘This is what I try to do and then I have to explain them because people need the reasons and the right answers.
‘I just give mine, whether they believe me or agree with me or not, there’s nothing I can do. But I have to put my decisions, with my heart and with my brain to make the right decisions that I believe are good.’
‘This is a difficult message to write to the @Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years,’ Ozil wrote. ‘I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the @premierleague 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 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.’