Outspoken former Gunner questions Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal axe

Paul Merson has questioned the motive behind Arsenal axing Mesut Ozil from their squads for the Europa League and the Premier League.

The Gunners have decided not to register the former Real Madrid man in any of the competitions they will play this season as they have too many players.

Ozil hasn’t featured for the club since March and didn’t feature at all during the Premier League restart.

The club was keen for him to leave in the last transfer window, but the German wasn’t interested even though there were few takers.

He has maintained that he wants to remain and help the team and Merson seems to agree that the German still has something to offer the club.

He was unhappy at the club’s treatment of the world Cup winner and has expressed his personal opinion on the matter.

Merson claims that he doesn’t think that the midfielder’s axe is for footballing reasons.

“I can’t see how it’s for footballing reasons,” Merson told Sky Sports via Mirror Football

“The lad is too talented, too good.

“For him not to get a place in this Arsenal team, it must be more than just football.

“He can make things happen. He was in Arteta’s team before the lockdown and everything went through him. He’s a special player and it’s a shame we won’t see him now.”

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  1. I dont understand Arteta about Ozil i just pray that partey adapt quickly if not Artete will regret his action

    1. I hope dropping Mesut was Mikel’s decision but if he was pressured from upstairs that would be a nasty thing to do to Mikel.

      He has taken a team in bad condition, with a lot of internal problems, this is his first time being a first team manager (of one of the biggest clubs in the world at that) fans trust in him to bring us to the top so he could really do without all these negativity surrounding the club.

      One of the players he dropped I am sure he has a good relationship from their playing days and the media are lurking around the corner waiting for wrong results to start eating him alive.

      Looking on the surface I too have been negative in some instances regarding Mikel but the man maybe dealing with more than he can handle. The least I can give is my 100% support to him.

        1. Unfortunately for Mikel any bad results going forward they will bring the Mesut issue. Fortunately he is strong enough to deal with it.

      1. HH Good to hear you will now support MA. Better late than never! I am not having a go at you and appreciate your honesty. MA is undiubtedly a special manager and nowher near enough Gooners can see this truth and expect miracles so son with many stil sub standard player whuich he inherited andhad no choice othe rthan to pick, UNTIL he can finally bring inhis own chosen players.

        You will surely have noted how his OWN two choices PARTEY AND GABRIEL are our two best players . This should tell all Gooners something. But sadly it seems not , at least with some of them. Glad to see you have come on board though.


  2. Arsenal had to leave 2 non home grown players out of the 25 man squad…those who criticize leaving Ozil out should at least say who should have been left out…

    1. One keeper out of three should go.
      Should not have bought Willian and Mari.

      Basically, Arteta is under orders to not play Ozil. So like a good employer he has obeyed the Kroenkes.

      It is very easy once you know what sort of football you want to play. Ozil is essential. Without freeing him to play his game the managers are killing creativity and football.

      The EPL SQUAD.

      Goalkeepers: Leno, Macey*, Runarsson

      Defenders: Cedric, Bellerin*, Chambers*, Gabriel, Holding*, Kolasinac, Mari, Luiz, Mustafi, Tierney

      Midfielders: Ceballos, Elneny, Maitland-Niles*, Partey, Xhaka

      Forwards: Aubameyang, Willian, Lacazette, Pepe

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