Full transcript as Arteta lifts lid on what he thought about Ozil’s statement

Mikel Arteta spoke to the press on Wednesday, where he discussed the topic of the moment – Mesut Ozil being axed from the Arsenal squad.

World Cup winner Ozil wasn’t best pleased to learn he will be playing no part in the Gunners’ Premier League campaign until at least February.

Ozil learnt of his brutal snub just a week after discovering he will play no part in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign.

On Wednesday, the German released a statement on Twitter in which he accused Arsenal – the team he has represented since 2013 – of showing a lack of loyalty.

Arteta responded ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Rapid Wien on Thursday.

Here’s everything Arteta said about Ozil, courtesy of

Mikel Arteta spoke to the press on Wednesday

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Arteta’s opinion on Ozil’s angry statement

Everybody is free to express his feeling. That’s just a football decision that my conscious is really calm. I’ve been really fair with him, my level of communication with him has been really high.

My level of communication has been really high, we know what to expect with each other. When I believe that he could contribute to the team being better – which is why I was hired to this football club to become the manager to win football matches, competition and create and build a project for the short, medium and long term – he has had the opportunities like everybody else.

I am sad that I have to leave three players out of this list which is never pleasant. I have to say that I try to look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it. With Mesut I have this feeling because I was being very straightforward since I arrived at this club.

Are discussions underway for Ozil to leave?

No. Obviously a player with that dimension with the career he has had as well as international level, everything around him has a big impact. It has been the case for the last eight years, it’s nothing new that is just happening now.

A lot of things have happened over these eight years. My job is to get the best out of every player to contribute to the team performance. Here I feel at the moment today that I want the best possible Mesut for the team.

In some moments I was able to get close to that, at the moment I haven’t been able to do it because I have to make the decision to leave him out of the squad. This is the reality in football. Anything can happen and I have learned that over the years.

This is the reality and we have to face it. The best way to face it is to talk things through face to face and in the right way. This is the way I am and the way I am going to keep doing it.

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Has Ozil played his final game for the Gunners?

Honestly I take full responsibility. I have to be the one getting the best out of the players. It’s my responsibility. It’s nothing relating to any behaviour or, like I read, the paycuts. It’s not true.

It’s my decision. If someone has to blame me – and it will happen when we lose football matches – my responsibility. I have to make the decisions to get the best possible squad in order to win football matches and competitions as often as we can.

In order to do that I try to be fair with him and any other players and defend as much as possible the interests of the football club.

Why doesn’t Ozil fit into Arteta’s plans at Arsenal?

Listen I cannot discuss individual performances of every player. Here as well with Mesut I feel pain when I have to leave players out. Believe me. It’s the same when I have to do it with Papa or the fact that William [Saliba] is not here because of a restriction we have with the competition.

Obviously as you can understand I cannot disclose the technical decisions whether I play players or not or whether I spoke to them.

Ozil’s response when he was told he was being axed

Well obviously the players that were told that the situation was for them not to be selected generated disappointment because they’re professional footballers and want to work with the right motivation to achieve the possibility to play.

When that doesn’t happen obviously it’s difficult. As I said I’d rather have those difficult conversations face to face, explain the reasons why and things can change with time.

Did something happen that led to Ozil being frozen out?

No, I’m not very focused about what happened in the past. You will get to know me more but in the past eight years I didn’t make them into a lot of accounts.

You’ll remember the atmosphere around him when I joined was pretty difficult. I asked our fans to support him and create a much better atmosphere and you remember and recall you could see the difference at the Emirates Stadium in two or three weeks. That was a way to support a player but look for the interests of the football club.

But then I have to see daily basically the input, the performance and what every player brings to the team. From there I make the decision because I am the manager. I have to pick the right players to win football matches.

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