Mesut Ozil says he feels “deeply disappointed” that Arsenal have not “reciprocated” his love and hard work for the club by offering him a place in their Premier League squad.
Ozil’s future has proved the subject of intense debate in recent seasons amid his lack of game time.
The 32-year-old struggled for minutes under previous boss Unai Emery but the situation has worsened under Mikel Arteta.
Indeed, after failing to earn a place in Arsenal’s latest Europa League squad, Arteta then took the decision to cut him from his Premier League ranks.
Taking to Twitter, Ozil released a long and damning statement about his deteriorating relationship with his club.
“I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being,” the midfielder wrote.
“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.
“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.”
Ozil looked to have regained his place in the team upon Arteta’s arrival. After taking over in December, the Spanish manager played him in his first 10 Premier League games in charge.
However, the German has not played since March when the coronavirus pandemic brought football to a halt.
‘I was no longer allowed to play’
Ozil appeared lost for words in his statement, where he explained his perspective on his Arsenal demise.
“Before the coronavirus break I was really happy with my 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,” Ozil added.
“But then things changed, again, and I was no 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 eighth 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.”
The snub means Ozil can only play Under-23s football until the end of the season, when his contract expires.