Mesut Ozil has made it clear he will not be bullied out of Arsenal this January and plans to see out the final year of his contract.
Ozil is the Gunners’ best-paid player but has not be named in Arsenal’s Europa League nor Premier League squad this season.
The decision from Arsenal to leave the German out in the cold appears to be part of a plan to convince Ozil to depart the club in January.
Ozil is on £350,000-a-week and is a huge strain on the club’s finances.
But the 32-year-old, who lamented the lack of loyalty Arsenal have shown him by axing him from the squad, has no intention of leaving.
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He has instead vowed to “keep fighting” as he refuses to let his tenure end like this.
“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 the club,” said Ozil in a statement on Wednesday.
“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.”
On Arsenal’s decision to axe him from their Premier League squad, he added: “I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I’ve 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.
“Before the Coronavirus outbreak I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way I would say my performances were on a really good level.
“But then things changed, again, and I was no longer allowed to play football for Arsenal.”
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