Paul Merson fears for Arsenal’s ‘big gamble’ over Mesut Ozil omission


Mesut Ozil may well have played his last game for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal hero Paul Merson is worried that Mesut Ozil’s omission from the Premier League squad is a ‘big gamble’ that the club will live to regret and he was shocked by the decision.

The 32-year-old may well have played his last game for the Gunners after being left out of the Premier League squad the club submitted on Tuesday.

The German is into the last year of his contract at the Emirates and having been left out of the Europa League squad as well, his only current chance of playing will come in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Manchester City in December.

The World Cup winner is pocketing £350,000-a-week at Arsenal, but more than just the dreadful waste of money for the club, Merson feels that it is a waste of talent and a risk to leave such a good player out of Mikel Arteta’s squad entirely.

‘He’s an absolute talent, so to keep him out of the squad, completely out of the squad, it’s a big gamble by Arsenal,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘He’s on massive wages, no doubting that. He gets fortunes. I’m surprised, it shocked me. When I was told that he’d been left out of the squad I was shocked if I’m being honest, because I am one of his biggest fans.

‘I think when he’s on song, he can play and you’ve got to remember just before lockdown, he was playing.

‘He was playing in Arteta’s team so for him to come back and then not be in the team and not even get a squad place, yeah I’m quite surprised.

‘It’s a shame. It’s a sad day for Arsenal. It’s a sad day for him if I’m being honest.

‘People go, “‘Oh yeah but he’s on 350 grand, what does he care?” You want to play football. You know when you get to my age and you’re not playing football anymore. It soon goes.’

Ozil has won three FA Cups during his time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Ozil posted a passionate and emotional message on Wednesday after he was left out of Arsenal’s squad as he promised the club’s fans he would keep fighting for them.’

‘This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years,’ Ozil wrote on Instagram.

‘I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being.

‘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. I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far.

‘Before the Coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level.

‘But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. What else can I say? London still feels like home, I still have many good friends in this team, and I still feel a strong connection with the fans of this club.

‘No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th season at Arsenal end like this. 🙏🏼🙏🏼 I can promise you that this hard decision won’t change anything in my mindset – I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.’

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