Mesut Ozil bites back

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Mesut Ozil bites back: Arsenal outcast’s agent says Mikel Arteta is LYING, shows no respect or loyalty – and tears into the manager’s own playing career and the ‘classless’ club’s mass redundancies
Mesut Ozil’s agent has accused Mikel Arteta of lying and lacking loyalty
The Arsenal boss said he left Ozil out of his squad for football reasons
But the midfielder’s agent Erkut Sogut says he hasn’t been treated fairly
He also took aim at Arteta’s career at Arsenal and the club’s redundancies

Mesut Ozil’s agent has agent has hit out at Mikel Arteta, accusing the Arsenal manager of failing to tell the truth about the World Cup winner’s omission.

Ozil has not played since March and was left out of the Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad this week having also been cut from Arteta’s plans for the Europa League.

Arteta took the blame for Ozil’s exclusion claiming he had failed to get the best out of the World Cup winner.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Ozil is convinced that, after he slammed China’s alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims which sparked a backlash in the Far East, Arsenal’s commercial interests in China have since contributed to their decision to leave him out.

Arteta insisted his call was purely a ‘football decision’ and nothing to do with Ozil’s behaviour, refusal to take a pay cut during lockdown or any orders from the board or ownership.

The World Cup winner’s representative Dr Erkut Sogut told ESPN: ‘Arsenal fans deserve an honest explanation, not [Arteta] saying, ‘I failed Ozil.’

‘You didn’t fail Ozil. You failed to be fair, honest and transparent and treat someone with respect who has a contract and was loyal all the time.

‘Every single person outside knows he hasn’t treated him fairly. He didn’t give him a chance to show himself this season. If he is still under contract, the player should have the option to stay and fight for his place. Mesut hasn’t been given that.

‘I spoke with at least five team-mates who say he is training great. They say Mesut is one of their best players, and they cannot understand why he is left out. So it can’t be the training. If it is not the pitch, what are the footballing reasons? If you talk, you should tell the truth that the Arsenal fans deserve, otherwise don’t talk at all.’

Ozil released a statement after his omission from the Premier League squad which heavily criticised the club for their lack of loyalty, but stopped short of pointing the finger at his manager.

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Wednesday, the former Germany international believes Arsenal’s commercial interests in China influenced the decision to omit him from both squads.

Ozil’s comments were condemned by the Chinese foreign ministry and the Chinese FA and he was deleted from a computer game in China for his actions while Arsenal’s following game with Manchester City was dropped by state TV.

The club have a significant commercial presence in China and own a restaurant chain and have an official lottery partner and vehicle provider.

Ozil also came under fire for refusing to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut in April, despite being the club’s highest earner on £350,000 a week. The midfielder is said to have refused because of a lack of clarity on how the money would be spent.

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