Ozil disappointed after being axed from Arsenal's Premier League squad

Arsenal's out-of-favour playmaker Mesut Ozil said his loyalty to the north London club was not reciprocated after he was left out of their Premier League squad for the 2020-21 season.

Ozil, who is under contract with Arsenal until June 2021 and earns a reported £350,000 per week, has not played for manager Mikel Arteta's side this season.

The German playmaker, who last played for the Gunners in March, was also axed from their Europa League squad earlier this month.

"I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being," he said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday.

"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."

Ozil said he was happy with his performance and the team's development under manager Arteta before the Covid-19 shutdown in March, but things changed after the season resumed in June with the 33-year-old not playing any games since.

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**Alternative crop** Germany's Mesut Ozil (centre left) is congratulated by his team mates after he powers home the opening goal of the game
Werder Bremen's Mesut Ozil (left) and Fulham's Danny Murphy (right) in action
Leicester City's Sean St Ledger and Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil (right) battle for the ball during the Pre Season Friendly at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Germany's Mario Gomez celebrates scoring the third goal with teammates Mesut Ozil (l) and Andre Schurrle (r)
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (second left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammates Aaron Ramsey (centre) and Olivier Giroud (right)
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.
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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil sees his penalty saved by Marseille's goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (not in picture)
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (right) and Arsenal's David Silva battle for the ball
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) get into an altercation
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (right) celebrates with team-mate Mesut Ozil after scoring his side's fourth goal of the game
(L-R) Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen celebrate with the FA Cup trophy in the stands after the game
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, (left) battles for possession of the ball with Everton's Seamus Coleman, (right)
Germany's Per Mertesacker celebrates at the final whistle with teammate Mesut Ozil (left)
Chelsea's Pedro (right) in action with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) and Aaron Ramsey during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with teammates Mesut Ozil (left) and Olivier Giroud (right)
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) and Everton's Ross Barkley battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (right) celebrates with Olivier Giroud after scoring his side's first goal.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud (right) stand dejected after conceding their second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game
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Arteta had said last month that Arsenal are "evolving" and that Ozil would find it difficult to find a place in the squad, casting doubts over his future at the club.

"What else can I say? London still feels like home," Ozil added. "No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th 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."

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