According to boss Mikel Arteta, to push his way into the Arsenal first-team Mesut Ozil has been given every opportunity.
Mikel Arteta did not consider Mesut Ozil in his Premier League team, the Arsenal manager says his “conscience is calm” and maintains the decision was taken purely for football reasons.
After also being left out of the Gunners’ Europa League squad earlier in October, the former German international was not included in the 25-man roster when it was submitted on Tuesday for the 2020-21 season.
“Everybody is free to express his feeling,” he told a media conference according to . “What I can say from my side is that it’s just a football decision. My conscience is very calm.”
“I was hired at this football club to create and build a project. He has had opportunities like everyone else. I have to say that I tried to look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it. I’ve been very straightforward since I arrived at this club.”
“My job is to get the best out of every player. I feel that at the moment I failed because I want the best possible Mesut. At the moment, I haven’t been able to do that. This is the reality of football. I have learned that anything can happen.”
“Honestly, I take full responsibility. I have to be the one getting the best out of the players. It’s my decision. I try to be fair with him and any other players.”
“I cannot discuss individual performances of every player. I feel pain when I have to leave players out, believe me. I cannot disclose the technical point of the decisions.”