Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta states that Mesut Ozil was dropped from the club for â€œfootball reasons.â€
Arteta further rejected reports that suggested Ozil was cut due to an internal rift over player pay cuts.
Arteta spoke at his press conference:
“Everybody is free to express his feeling. What I can say from my side is that it is just a football decision. My conscience is very calm because I have been really fair with him. My level of communication with him has been really high and we know what to expect with each other.
“Obviously a player of that dimension, with the career he has had, everything that happens around him has a big impact. It has been the case for the last eight years, it is nothing new that is just happening now. A lot of things have happened over these eight years.”
Ozil also released a statement on Wednesday:
“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.”