Sport Hargreaves says it's a 'shame' Mesut Ozil is not playing for Arsenal
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Mesut Ozil's future and Thomas Partey's arrival were among the topics discussed by Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal's trip to Manchester City.Ozil has been outcast under Gunners boss Arteta this season and the Germany World Cup winner's long-term future was cast into further doubt when he failed to make their European party.
Owen Hargreaves believes it is a 'shame' Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal's future plans after Mikel Arteta opted against including him in his Premier League and Europa League squads.
The playmaker, who is earning £350,000-a-week at the club, was frozen out entirely from the first-team picture at the Emirates and will not feature again at senior level until at least January.
Arsenal began their European campaign against Rapid Vienna in Austria without Ozil, who was reduced to watching the game on television, and BT Sport's pundits were unanimous in agreeing that the situation is disappointing.
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'The player wants to play football. We have to remember he's at home here,' Hargreaves told BT Sport pre-match. 'He's been here for eight years, outside of (Lionel) Messi he's had most assists in Europe in that time.
'We're talking about a guy who's won the World Cup and done it on the biggest stage, it's a shame he's not here.
'He might not be everyone's cup of tea but he's my cup of tea, when I want to watch a player play football. When he has the right pieces around him it works, he's shown that with Germany.'
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Despite being the highest paid player at the club with earnings of £350,000-per-week, Ozil has not featured this season and has also been left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad.The 31-year-old initially seemed to be part of Arteta's plans when he was appointed last December but he has not played since March after falling firmly out of favour.
"It's a shame he can't play football. He should be in the squad in the Premier League and Europa League."
"I think it's extremely sad for a quality player. It has to be an application thing."
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Ozil spoke out on social media after it surfaced that he had been left out on Mikel Arteta's rosters - and stressed that he is 'saddened' by his imposed exile. He also believes that his 'loyalty and allegiance' to the club have not been rewarded.
But boss Arteta insisted in a recent press conference that the decision was entirely football-based.
Keown theorised that Ozil's absence must be due to his application on the field, with Arteta known to demand a particularly high standard from his players during training and in matches.
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The German midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since before the Premier League restarted from coronavirus lockdown but has fallen far down the pecking order under Arteta.The German midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since before the Premier League restarted from coronavirus lockdown, but has fallen far down the pecking order under Arteta - with his exclusion from his domestic squad the latest blow.
He said: 'I think it's extremely sad, he's a quality player. When someone is that talented it has to be an application thing. Effort. Not putting in what they want.'
Sportsmail has previously reported Ozil is convinced that Arsenal's commercial interests in China influenced the bombshell choice to omit him from multiple fronts.
A scathing attack from the player, directed at the club, is believed to have been in reference to an Instagram post from last December. The upload had condemned China's alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province.
It is also understood that Arsenal were to re-open talks with Ozil over bringing an early end to his bumper contract.
The attempts to reach a settlement were unsuccessful, however, with the former Real Madrid midfielder wanting virtually all of the £13million remaining on his deal.
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The £350,000-a-week playmaker was not included in Arsenal's Premier League or Europa League squads in a move that brings an end to his time on the field until at least January. Dr Erkut Sogut, Ozil's representative, soon launched a staunch defence of his client and criticised Arteta over how the situation has unfolded.