- Mesut Ozil has defended himself for refusing to accept a pay-cut
- The German star also slammed the club for not backing his comments on China
- The 31-year-old has stressed that he will not be leaving the club this summer
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Mesut Ozil claims his refusal to accept a pay-cut the lockdown was as a result of players being forced to make the decision.
The German midfielder also insisted that he will not be forced to leave the club despite not playing a single minute after the three-month break.
The 31-year-old pockets £350,000-a-week and refused a 12.5 per cent pay cut despite the persuasion from Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
Other members of the squad had initially refused the pay-cut but accepted the plea from their Spanish manager.
But Ozil believes the players were forced to make the decision too quickly and without all the information needed.
"As players, we all wanted to contribute. But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered," he told The Athletic.
"Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty - I would have been OK to take a bigger share - and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer.
"But we were rushed into it without proper consultation. For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going."
Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid midfielder has also slammed Arsenal for not defending his comments about the persecution of Uighur Muslims in China last December.
The former Germany international stressed that Muslim lives should also be put into consideration just like the Black Lives Matters protest around the world.
"I have given a lot to Arsenal, on and off the pitch, so the reaction was disappointing.
"They said they don't get involved in politics but this isn't politics and they have got involved in other issues.
"I wish people would have done the same for the Muslims because Arsenal have many Muslim players and fans as well, and it is important for the world to say that Muslim Lives Matter," he told The Athletic.
Instead, the north London club But Arsenal distanced themselves from Ozil comments and sought to limit any damage to their business in China.
Ozil played ten Premier League matches since Arteta took over from Unai Emery before the lockdown.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has once again shown his generosity as he made a donation of £80,000 to help Muslims who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis during the Ramadan.
The German international who is of Turkish descent has promised to help no fewer than 16,000 Muslims with food all through the month of Ramadan which started on April 23.
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