Mesut Ozil: My loyalty to Arsenal has not been reciprocated

Mesut Ozil hits out at Arsenal after failing to make Mikel Arteta's 25 man Premier League squad accusing Gunners of lack of loyalty

Mesut Ozil: My loyalty to Arsenal has not been reciprocated

The German World Cup winner featured in every Premier League game under boss Arteta until last season was halted due to the coronavirus crisis - and has not played since.

Outcast Mesut Ozil has accused Arsenal of a lack of loyalty after being left out of the 25 man Premier League squad, named on Tuesday evening.

In a statement posted on his official Twitter account to his 25 million followers on Wednesday, the 32-year-old said he was "saddened" by the decision - another blow after he was left out of their Europa League plans last week.

Ozil, who is the highest-paid player in Arsenal's history raking in £350k per week, appears to have played his last game for the club after Mikel Arteta leaft him out of the official squad list for the 2020/21 campaign.

Ozil's lucrative deal will expire at the end of the season after signing for the north Londoners in 2013 and extending his contract in January 2018 - but he promised he would "not let my eighth season at Arsenal end like this".

"This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I've played for over the past few years," Ozil said on Instagram and Twitter.

"I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being.

"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.

"As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays. 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."

The German World Cup winner featured in every Premier League game under boss Arteta until last season was halted due to the coronavirus crisis - and has not played since.

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