Mesut Ozil set to go into Arsenal exile and be left out of Premier League squad
Mikel Arteta could be about to force Mesut Ozil into exile at Arsenal.
Although the Spaniard has insisted that all of his playing squad have equal opportunities to get into his first-team plans, the 32-year-old could be left out of their options to play in the Premier League.
That move would follow Arteta’s decision to leave the playmaker out of his Europa League plans earlier this month, and it could mean he doesn’t again feature for the club he joined from Real Madrid in 2013.
The former Manchester City coach has now admitted that he will have to make more difficult decisions when he names the 25-players that will be able to take part in league fixtures from next week.
When asked if Ozil would make the list, he said: “He wasn’t the only one who was not in the Europa League squad.
“It is a difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad, where they know they cannot get involved, is tough.
“I don’t like it at all, but unfortunately the decision has to be made because we have an excess of foreign players.”
Arteta blamed the ruling on foreign players for his decision to drop Ozil and Sokratis from his European playing squad, and his Premier League options are currently two over the limit of 17.
He continued: “They have to respect that decision, try to train the best possible way, help the team as best they can and see what happens.”
Arsene Wenger spoke out to question his former club’s treatment of Ozil earlier this week, and his comments prompted the aforementioned response from his former captain Arteta.
In an interview with BBC Sport, he said: “I feel it is a waste for him.
“Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.
“And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.
“The way football is going at the moment it’s quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same.
“It’s kicked out players like Ozil. Although let’s not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.”
Before telling Sky Sports: “If Ozil cannot play in the Europa League, I'm sorry, but this guy has won things, he's a world champion, he's an exceptional football player.”
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