- Mikel Arteta says he tried his best despite Ozil’s exclusion from the Arsenal squad
- The German star has been left out of the Gunners’ Premier League and Europa League teams
- Arsenal boss Arteta claims the decision to leave the player out is in the club’s best interest
Mikel Arteta has stated that he did his very best to include embattled Mesut Ozil in his Arsenal squad for the season, but his exclusion was in the best interest of the club.
The German midfielder has not played for the club since March 7 and has not even made a matchday list this season.
The 32-year-old has also been left out of the Premier League and Europa League squad for the season and it looks like the player has already played his final game for the Gunners.
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.
"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.
Ozil is not letting his current situation at Arsenal get the better of him as he joked about his ambitions to play alongside Francesco Totti at Roma.
Reports have been making the rounds about a potential move for the German midfielder to the Serie A outfit.
But Ozil has vowed to continue to fight for a place in the team and is determined to make a dramatic comeback into the starting XI in his final season at the Emirates.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Mesut Ozil has backed the move to combat child poverty as he donates an impressive 1,400 meals a day to 11 North London schools.
The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic has left a huge number of families stranded - and now the German star is helping his community in the UK.
Following the footsteps of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford who is helping schoolchildren with free meals, Ozil has also started with schools.
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