• Mesut Ozil was cut from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League lineup
  • Ozil continues to support the club in their recent 2-1 win against Rapid Wien
  • Arteta shares he is thankful for the support they received from Ozil

Although the Arsenal management opted not to include him in the final roster for this year’s Europa League and Premier League, Mesut Ozil has obviously no tinge of disdain regarding the move of removing from the main lineup.

Ozil has been active on social media lately, being busy cheering for the Gunners. Head coach Mikel Arteta is admittedly flattered by the player's gesture.

“It’s great. It’s what I want from all the players that are in our squad, I wouldn’t expect anything different - so it’s good to hear,” Arteta said.

Ozil is Arsenal’s highest-paid player, receiving an estimated payout of $453,000 per week. However, he will not be suiting up for the team until February of next year.

The 32-year-old has not played for Arsenal since the games resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown, according to Goal.

"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,” Ozil stated when he found out the news.

Admittedly, Arteta isn’t surprised why the decision to replace Ozil has become the center of attention.

“No, it’s part of the situation. We have big players in this position. It’s normal that people want to know, that fans want to have information, and you guys want to ask the questions,” he said.

“So I take it in a natural way and try to respond with honesty and clarity, and give the information that is available from the inside,” Arteta added.

While it was expected of Ozil to hold a bit of hard feelings regarding the lineup snub, he surprised many when he was seen interacting with club supporters on Twitter.

“When I can't support on the pitch tonight, I will support in front of the TV in London. What are your predictions for the match? I go for a 4-1 away victory,” he wrote.

Arsenal went on to beat Rapid Wien, 2-1, in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Gunners will aim to continue their winning ways on Sunday as they are set to collide with Leicester City under the English Premier League banner.

Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the Pro Evolution Soccer game
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