Mesut Ozil will not play for Arsenal again.
He knew his time was up months ago when he fell out of favour with Mikel Arteta as football returned from its suspension.
We might never know the true story of what happened prior to the Manchester City game.
Ozil was in the squad, travelling to Manchester, and then pulled out at late notice. He has not been seen in a match day squad since.
Whatever happened prior to that Manchester City game led Arteta to decide that Ozil’s time at Arsenal was up.
There is a conspiracy theory that Ozil was being forced out due to his reluctance to take a wage cut. This is not true.
There is also a conspiracy theory that Ozil was being forced out as Arsenal wanted to get him off the wage bill. This is not true.
Think logically for a moment.
Ozil is set to cost Arsenal around £20million in wages in the last year of his contract. Failing to make the Europa League would cost Arsenal £40million. The Champions League over £70million.
The cost of not making Europe is more than the cost of Ozil’s last year of his contract. It makes zero sense for Arsenal to damage their chances of making Europe just because they did not want to pay Ozil’s £350k a week.
Arteta is under no pressure to pick players. Ozil’s exclusion is down to the manager.
He sees Ozil for what he is.
A player who has no interest in playing football anymore.
Ozil knew months ago that he had played his last game for Arsenal. That he was welcome to go out on loan to another club.
A loan deal would have still seen Ozil earn his £350k a week, and would have seen Ozil playing regular football again.
Instead, Ozil failed to push for a loan deal, and reportedly turned down a couple of enquiries. He made the decision that he would rather earn his £350k a week, live in London and not play.
The other option would have been go out on loan, earn his £350k a week and play.
It is the decision to not play that justifies Arteta’s decision not to play him.
Ozil clearly has no drive, no desire to play football anymore.I
If he did have the drive to still play at the highest level, he would either be showing that desire by developing his game to fit in with Arteta’s plans, or would have seeked a move elsewhere.
For those that say “he is 32, he has won a World Cup, he doesn’t need to develop his game to fit in with Arteta’s game plan” shows exactly why he does not have the mentality for top level sport.
From LeBron James to Roger Federer, Tiger Woods to Michael Jordan, sport is littered with legendary athletes who developed their game at a late age to continue winning.
Look at a Cristiano Ronaldo. Still performing at 35. Still developing his game to ensure he not only remains a starter for Juventus, but their most important player.
Ozil has shown in public that that he does not have the mentality to continue playing at the highest level.
But Ozil still has his ego. His fan base.
Ozil knows that if he came out and said “I do not really want to play football anymore”; he would become irrelevant overnight.
He needs to appear the victim so that his support remains intact. So that it boasts his very fragile ego.
Ozil knows he is a divisive character. He does not act in the best interests of Arsenal. He does not love the club. All he is interested in is promoting his own fan base. He knows his actions will create division, but he still acts.
He knows he will not play for Arsenal this season, but has decided to stay at the club.
This weak mentality is exactly why Arteta is justified in not selecting him.