Embattled Arsenal Midfielder Mesut Ozil has affirmed his readiness to assist his drowning Gunners side through the woods after crashing out of the League Cup 4-1 to Man City on Tuesday night.
The German international hasn’t featured for Arsenal since the return of football after suspension due to Coronavirus, with coach Mikel Arteta insisting on football reasons for his omission from the Gunners squad for the both 2020/2021 Premier League and Europa League matches.Embed from Getty Images
The 32-year-old attacking midfielder has however reiterated his commitment and desire to help his side fight through the tough time.
Engaging his followers on Twitter in a question and answer session, Ozil was quizzed on whether he’s happy in Arsenal?
The former Madrid man replied; “It’s a very difficult time for everyone around the club – not just for me. The situation is frustrating for everyone. Of course I would wish I could help the team especially right now, but as long as I don’t get the chance I just hope that we get better results very soon again.”
It’s a very difficult time for everyone around the club – not just for me. The situation is frustrating for everyone. Of course I would wish I could help the team especially right now, but as long as I don’t get the chance I just hope that we get better results very soon again. https://t.co/hEplnf75m3— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 23, 2020
The optics of Ozil refusing to take a voluntary pay cut to his £350,000 a week salary in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic were not flattering but the player is confident that he did the right thing.
Either way, it is likely that standing up to the club on the matter would have ruffled more than a few feathers.
“People who know me know exactly how generous I am and, as far as I’m aware, I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out,” Ozil said in an interview with The Athletic.
“I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me, to make me unhappy, to push an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me and paint a picture that is not true.Embed from Getty Images
“Possibly the decision affected my chances on the pitch, I don’t know. But I’m not afraid to stand up for what I feel is right – and when you see what has happened now with the jobs, maybe I was.”
But Gunners boss however insists the midfielder’s exclusion from Premier League and Europa League squads is purely “football decision”
“Everybody is free to express their feelings. What can I say from my side? Arteta said.
“It’s just a football decision that my conscience is very calm about because I was very fair with him. My level of communication with him has been really high, we know what to expect from each other.”
“When I believe that he could contribute to the team to be better, which is why I was hired to this football club – to become the manager, to win football matches, competitions and create and build a project for the short, medium and long-term.”
“He has had the opportunity like everybody else. I’m sad that I had to leave three players off this list, which is never pleasant, but I just have to say that I tried to look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it. With Mesut, I had this feeling because I have been very straightforward since I arrived at this club.” He concluded.
Ozil will certainly relish the chance of recall back to action this winter, with provisions for addition of players to squad due to the January transfer window.
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