- Mesut Ozil was conspicuously absent from the Arsenal squad as the Gunners succumbed to defeat against Manchester City
- Mikel Arteta played down the German absence as he reiterated it was purely tactical
- Ozil took to social media to make his feelings known on his Arsenal career
Arsenal play-maker Mesut Ozil took to social media on Thursday, June 18, to make his feelings known after being left out of the matchday squad against Manchester City a day earlier.
Despite being fully fit, the German international seemed to not be in Mikel Arteta’s plans for the day as the Gunners succumbed to a lowly 3-0 defeat at the Etihad.
Fans were left to speculate why Ozil, who is the club’s highest earner on a £350,000 per week deal, would be left out of such a crucial game on the return of Premier League football.
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However, Ozil was in assuring mood on Thursday as he went on Instagram to pledge his loyalty to Arsenal, amid speculation over his future.
While sharing a photo holding the Arsenal badge, Ozil wrote, “No matter what.”
Arteta was asked after the game why he left out the German, who is known for his superb awareness of the game and a unique ability to pick an impossible pass.
According to the Arsenal gaffer, the decision was purely ‘tactical’.
"Because I need players in other positions as well and that's the reason I decided to leave him out," Arteta told reporters.
The Gunners are in action again on Saturday against Brighton and Hove Albion, where it remains to be seen whether Ozil will get the chance to earn his wages on the pitch.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Arsenal are reportedly ready to listen offers for Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira this summer.
The pair remain integral squad members for the Gunners but it appears they could be shipped out.
Torreira is yet to play as much this season owing to a career-threatening injury suffered earlier in the season.
Xhaka, on the other hand has endured a mixed spell at the Emirates that has seen him fall out with fans.
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