– Mesut Ozil has been frozen out of Arsenal starting XI by club manager Unai Emery
– The 31-year-old has made just two appearances for the Gunners this campaign
– Ozil insists some of his critics condemnation are not fair enough
Arsenal midfield maestro has come out guns blazing to defend his credentials after senior leadership within the club accused him of lacking a proper work ethic.
Ozil, who is the Gunners’ highest earner, accused the club’s board of using him as a scapegoat for the club’s own problems.
At the last count, the midfielder, who has started only one game this campaign is unhappy with some of his critics.
He however maintains that he will see out his contract , despite the heavy criticism.
“I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then. When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career. I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same,”
Ozil also had time to fire back at Arsenal fans for their reactions over his absence on matchdays due to illness.
“I also get really frustrated when I miss a game through illness and people question if it is genuine. Yes, it happened a few times – usually in the winter – but what am I supposed to do? If you knew me, you would know it takes a lot for me to miss a game and I have never used sickness as an excuse. Actually the opposite. I played many games when I was ill or had injuries.” Ozil was quoted as saying to The Athletic.
Last campaign he missed several away games and this season he has sat out Gunners’ last three league games as well as the trip to Man United and the home fixtures against Standard Liege and Bournemouth.
“When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more,” Emery summed up after Arsenal’s Europa League win over Standard Liege early this month.
The 30-year-old has been frozen out of the team this season by manager Unai Emery, making only one appearance across all competitions.
In Arsenal’s last three games, the 31-year old has been iced out from the team sheet, with fans increasingly running out of patience with his lack of action on the pitch.
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