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Sport Hargreaves says it's a 'shame' Mesut Ozil is not playing for Arsenal

22:05  22 october  2020
22:05  22 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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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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a man with a football ball: Owen Hargreaves believes that it is a 'shame' Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal's plans © Provided by Daily Mail Owen Hargreaves believes that it is a 'shame' Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal's plans text, letter: The £350,000-a-week playmaker criticised the club after being left out of both their squads © Provided by Daily Mail The £350,000-a-week playmaker criticised the club after being left out of both their squads

'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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Owen Hargreaves standing in a room: Hargreaves described Ozil as feeling at home at Arsenal and was left disappointed by his exile © Provided by Daily Mail Hargreaves described Ozil as feeling at home at Arsenal and was left disappointed by his exile

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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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.'

Mikel Arteta holding a laptop: Mikel Arteta defended his choice to leave Ozil out and insisted the decision was football-based © Provided by Daily Mail Mikel Arteta defended his choice to leave Ozil out and insisted the decision was football-based Martin Keown wearing a suit and tie: Martin Keown, the former Arsenal defender, says Ozil's dilemma may be down to 'application' © Provided by Daily Mail Martin Keown, the former Arsenal defender, says Ozil's dilemma may be down to 'application'

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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Arteta hits back at Ozil's agent for calling him 'dishonest' .
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.

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