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Mikel Arteta : ‘Ruling out Özil is my decision, not due to his behaviour’

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said his excluded Mesut Özil from both Premier League and Europa League squads, on personal decision and that has nothing related with his behaviour.

Mesut Özil is passing through difficult days in Arsenal despite having extended his contract just two years ago. The 32-year-old midfielder has been left out by Mikel Arteta in huge competitions such as PL and Europa League.

Talking on the subject on Wednesday, Arteta said he has had talks with each of his players before naming his squad. However, he could not included all of them.

“My level of communication with him has been high, we know what to expect with each other,” Mikel said.

“He has had the opportunities like everybody else. I’m sad that I had to leave three players out of this list but I tried to look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it.

“With Mesut, I have this feeling because I have been very straightforward since I arrived at this club.

“It’s nothing related to [Ozil’s] behaviour. It’s my decision.” he added.

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Mikel Arteta and Mesut Özil.
Mikel Arteta and Mesut Özil.

Özil’s last game in an Arsenal shirt back to March this year and the player wants to feature back with his teammates with a long statement disclosed on social media two days ago.

However, Mikel Arteta insisted that he tried to get the best out of the German midfielder, but now he fails to do so.

“My job is to get the best out of every player to contribute to the team performance,” Arteta said.

“At the moment I feel that I have failed because I want the best possible Mesut for the team.

“In some moments I was able to get close to that but at the moment I haven’t been able to do it.

“This is the reality and we have to face it. The best way is to talk things through face-to-face.

“I take full responsibility, I have to be the one getting the best out of the players.” he added.

Arsenal are playing against Rapid Vienna Thursday afternoon for their Europa League group game.

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