Sport Ozil 'very motivated' in training despite Arsenal disappointment - Mustafi
Mesut Ozil's 'to be left out of Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad'
The German playmaker is yet to play a single minute of action in any competition for the Gunners this season having fallen out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta.The German playmaker is yet to play a single minute of action in any competition for the Gunners this season having fallen out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta, with the 32-year-old, who earns £350,000-a-week at the club, failing to impress.
Mesut Ozil's motivation cannot be questioned despite missing out on Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads, says team-mate and friend Shkodran Mustafi.
Ozil was not selected in Mikel Arteta's groups for either domestic or continental action for the remainder of 2020.
The former Germany international, who last played against West Ham in March and was on the bench just twice after the Premier League resumed in June, said his loyalty to the Gunners "has not been reciprocated".
Ozil is continuing to train with Arteta's side, though, and Mustafi - another member of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning squad - says the midfielder is "doing the best he can".
Mesut Ozil 'LEFT OUT of Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad'
The German is yet to play a single minute for the Gunners this season and has not played since March 7 with the £350,000 a week star having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta. But now Ozil has sunk to a new low in his exile from the team, with the Spanish boss leaving him out of the domestic squad according to The Telegraph, and having already not been picked in the Europa League squad, Ozil looks to have played his last game for the club.
"I just know that Mesut, for me, is not a team-mate - he is more than a team-mate, a friend," Mustafi told reporters.
"I respect him. He always has respected me and everyone else, as far as I have seen, so he is always going to have my respect and I am always going to be there for him if he needs something to motivate him and push him.
"But at the moment, every time I see him at training, he's doing the best he can. He tries to train well, to be there."
Asked if he thought Ozil had expected to be left out, Mustafi replied: "I can't look into his head. I can only see what he's doing at the training ground and what he's doing on the pitch.
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"I felt that he was always trying his best. At the end of the day, no-one expects or wants to be left out.
'Deeply disappointed' Ozil says Arsenal lack loyalty but vows to fight on
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has expressed his sadness at being left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League squad.The 32-year-old was not included in Mikel Arteta's group for the 2020-21 season when it was submitted on Tuesday, having not played for the Gunners since a match against West Ham on March 7.
"He's a friend. I'm always going to respect him, I am always going to be there if he needs someone to motivate him, to push him to keep going.
"But he is so long in this business and has played so many games that he doesn't really need to be motivated. I see him very motivated.
"Of course, when you're not in the squad, you're going to be disappointed - even him.
"The last thing you want to see is someone left out and not being disappointed. This would be the wrong thing. Of course he was disappointed.
"On the other side, he's experienced enough to deal with the situation. For me, the main thing is how I see him on the training pitch and there's nothing I can say negative about him."
Ozil has the sympathy of former Arsenal colleague Jack Wilshere, who was similarly restricted to a fringe role at West Ham before his contract was terminated.
"I was in that position," Wilshere told Sky Sports. "As a footballer, you want to be given the opportunity to compete and fight for your place.
"He's one of the best players I've played with. All I can do is comment on him as a footballer and I know what he can give, so it does make it difficult to understand.
"But I'm not in the club, I don't know what's happened. I'm sure for a lot of teams in England and Europe, Mesut will be the first name on the team sheet.
"But that's why Arteta's the manager. He makes the decisions and that's down to him."
Mustafi rejects Arsenal contract and plans to leave on a free transfer .
Aaccording to Football.London, the German has rejected a new contract that was offered over the summer and will depart at the end of the campaign once his current deal expires.Having fallen out of favour under former Gunners boss Unai Emery last term, the 28-year-old appeared to win his place back under Mikel Arteta towards the end of the campaign.