2pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil blasts Gunners’ lack of loyalty, Wenger hits out at fans, Aubameyang LATEST – The Sun

MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal's Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the midfield magician.

And the midfielder has taken to social media to blast the club's lack of loyalty and declare his intention to keep fighting injustice.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

  • Jack Figg

    OZ TAKES AIM

    Mesut Ozil has pledged to continue ‘fighting for his chance’ at Arsenal after releasing an emotional statement following the club’s latest snub.

    The German winger has been left out of the Gunners’ 25-man Premier League squad, following on from his axing from the club’s European one.

    The former Real Madrid man said: “Upon signing my 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.”

    Ozil continued: “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.”

  • Jack Figg

    PER SHAPED

    Per Mertesacker has admitted that he was a panic buy for Arsenal when he joined from Werder Bremen back in 2011.

    He told Arsenal’s Lockdown Podcast: “I consider myself to be a panic buy. I’ve got no problems with that whatsoever because sometimes these times are rushed.

    “Football is rushed, especially when the transfer window is about to close. At that time Arsenal had two or three days to make adjustments to the squad.

    “To join an English team, my favourite English team, and to join the Premier League was something I couldn’t turn down.”

  • Jack Figg

    SEEING RED

    Gary Neville has slammed the timing of a European Premier League.

    He told Sky Sports News: “The big issue that I have with it, is that at this moment in time, in the middle of a pandemic and when football is on its knees at so many different levels, the idea that a $6bn package is being put together to set up a new league when lower clubs are scrambling around to pay wages and stay in existence.

    “It's another wound for football. It doesn't feel like the right time to be talking about this.

    “The leak probably doesn't suit Manchester United or Liverpool at this moment in time as they're seen as the big, bad bullies.

    “I'm for progression of football, with new competitions and new formats, but we have got to look after the fabric of the game and what it means to the communities in this country.”

  • Jack Figg

    PARTEY STARTER

    Granit Xhaka has hailed the importance new signing Thomas Partey in Arsenal's squad.

    Partey signed from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, and will partner Xhaka in midfield.

    Xhaka said: “He will be the guy who is important for me and as well for the team.

    “Everyone in the club can be happy because he has great quality.

    “He will bring a good mentality, a good balance in our game because this is what we need a bit more: the mentality to win.

    “He played at Atletico Madrid, a different type of football, and he will bring a lot of good quality and mentality.”

  • Jack Figg

    IF, NOT WEN

    Arsenal's legendary former manager Arsene Wenger was offered the job at Manchester United.

    Earlier this month, the Gunners icon claimed he had a chance to take the Old Trafford gig – and now he's revealed even more about the approach.

    When asked if either Manchester club approached him, he revealed: “City never, United yes – I cannot tell you exactly when.”

    Grilled as to whether he was interested, Wenger added: “No, because I was at Arsenal.

    “You know, I had a real love story with Arsenal. My life is red and white.

    “I felt when I came to the club that there was this special charm inside it.

    “It was a good mixture between respect for tradition, respect for people, and not being scared to sometimes face unpopular judgements.”

    It's not known exactly when Wenger was offered the United job – but it's widely believed to have been when Fergie nearly retired in 2002.

  • Jack Figg

    NO MES-ING ABOUT

    Mesut Ozil was joined by Sokratis Papastathopoulos in being axed from the Europa League squad.

    But manager Mikel Arteta admitted the door is not completely closed to the pair.

    Arteta: “I spoke to them face to face before I released the squad and I explained the reason why the numbers that we had.

    “It was really difficult to tell them that, but these are the restrictions and the rules.

    “We have to respect that decision and try to train in the best possible way to help the team in that moment and see what happens in December.”

  • Jack Figg

    CROOK BEHAVIOUR

    Garth Crooks criticised Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for playing Willian as a striker against Manchester City.

    The Gunners lost 1-0 away at City, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah benched as summer singing Willian played as a false No9 as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played out wide.

    Pundit Crooks told the BBC: “To see the Gunners playing Willian in a striking role with Alexandre Lacazette, a proven striker, on the bench – particularly having seen what Leicester did to City – was desperately disappointing.

    “Manager Mikel Arteta wasn’t being calculating – it was padding and the Gunners got what they deserved: nothing.”

  • Jack Figg

    PARTEY STARTER

    Arsenal travel to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday and Mikel Arteta is likely to ring the changes.

    New signing Thomas Partey is expected to be handed his first Gunners start with in-form youngster Eddie Nketiah starting in an attacking role.

    The Gunners narrowly lost 1-0 at Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday and the Spaniard will want to freshen things up for the trip to Austria.

    Bernd Leno will likely retain his place in goal as Arteta no doubt wants to kick-off his side's European campaign with a win.

    But the defence could see some new faces in a 5-2-3 formation.

  • Jack Figg

    WEL IN

    Brighton have completed the signing of former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.

    The ex-England international signed a one-year deal at the Amex having joined on a free transfer.

    Welbeck, 29, had been a free agent since his Watford contract was terminated by mutual consent on October 6.

    Welbeck joined the Hornets on a £100,000-a-week contract in August 2019 following his release from Arsenal at the end of the previous season.

    He went on to score three goals in 20 appearances last term as Watford were relegated from the Premier League.

    Welbeck, who has 16 goals in 42 caps for England, will wear Brighton's No18 jersey.

  • Jack Figg

    IT'S PER-SONAL

    Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker has confirmed Mesut Ozil's continued omission is NOT because of his on-field performances – suggesting it could be 'personal'.

    The German playmaker, 32, has been completely frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in recent months.

    Ozil is also set to be left off the 25-man Premier League group – meaning he will likely not play football again until January at the earliest.

    Former Gunners captain Mertesacker told the Klick and Rush podcast: “A lot has changed away from the field. He got married, has a family… perhaps his focus has changed.

    “Nevertheless, he is still happy and happy to play football. He's the only player I've played with for three teams – Bremen, Arsenal and also Germany.

    “So I'm very sorry that he's currently in a situation where he's not really used.”

  • Jack Figg

    NEARLY SEALED WITH A CRIS

    Cristiano Ronaldo was really close to making a move to Arsenal – and former boss Arsene Wenger says its failure to materialise still haunts him.

    In an interview with magazine FourFourTwo to be released in November, Wenger claims that he nearly completed the signing of the Portugese ace when Thierry Henry was still at the club, and the thought of them playing together still makes him sweat.

    He said: “When I had Thierry, I could have signed (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

    “Can you imagine what they could have done together?

    “That makes you sweat a little bit, and I was very close to doing it. I thought it was all done.”

    When probed on how close it was to happening he held his index finger and thumb within a millimetre of each other and said: “It was that close.”

  • sstreet

    'NOT BASED ON SPORT'

    Arsene Wenger believes the rift between Mesut Ozil and Arsenal is down to more than just sport.

    “Mesut Ozil is an exceptional football player.

    “What's happening at the moment between him and the club looks to be more confrontational, it's not [only] based on sport, I'm convinced.

    “This guy has won things. He's a world champion, he's an exceptional football player.

    “Why is he not at the moment playing? I don't know.

    “When you're a football player you have to respect the decision of your manager and fight to get your confidence and get back into the team again.

    “He can fight, contrary to what people think, he can fight.”

  • Jack Figg

    REAL MES

    Arsene Wenger Wenger told Sky Sports: “I don't know what's happening on a daily basis.

    “I just say one thing, the creative players are the players who are perfectionists and they are a bit more sensitive sometimes and they need to be encouraged.

    “Because if I want to play a risky pass I need to be confident and creative players they create this pass that makes the team dangerous.

    “Mesut Ozil is an exceptional football player. What's happening at the moment between him and the club looks to be more confrontational, it's not [only] based on sport, I'm convinced.

    “This guy has won things. He's a world champion, he's an exceptional football player.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Mesut Ozil is unlikely to ever play for the club again after he was left out of the club's 25-man Premier League squad.

    SunSport revealed last week how the Gunners were set to omit the German playmaker from the squad.

    Now Mikel Arteta's side have confirmed Ozil, 32, has been unceremoniously DUMPED as their official squad list was submitted to league chiefs.

    In the 25-man squad, clubs are not allowed to submit more than 17 homegrown players over the age of 21, with Arsenal boasting 19 in their ranks.

    Clubs are allowed to revise their squad in the New Year, but this snub surely means that the 2014 World Cup winner has no future at Arsenal.

    The former Real Madrid maestro hasn't played a competitive game for the North Londoners since the 1-0 win against West Ham in March.

    Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta is set to be boosted by the return of centre-back Pablo Mari.

    The defender hasn't featured since damaging his ankle ligaments against Man City on June 17.

    But Football.London report how he is set for a return to training this week.

    It will be a timely return following the news that Rob Holding is out of action for up to a month.

    Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers are also sidelined with injury.

    And finally, Arsenal made a £17m bid for Sporting's Joelson Fernandes in the transfer window, according to O Democrata.

    However, the player's father Eusebio convinced him to stay with the Lisbon-based club.

    “It had to be a deliberate decision, because my wish as a father and businessman, on the day that Joelson Fernandes leaves Sporting, is to be friendly and through the big door, but not through the back door.

    “This was always one of my goals and one of the convictions that led the player to continue to represent the Lions.

    “Despite these very tempting offers, as a businessman, I ended up dispensing with these invitations, although knowing that I needed those millionaire offers.

    “But I thought that in life money is not everything, because we must be aware and aware that there is a word that is called 'gratitude '.

    “For that, we are grateful to Sporting for what they gave to the athlete.”

  • Joe Brophy

    STIL WAITING

    Bayern Munich midfielder Angelo Stiller is reportedly still debating over the prospect of leaving the club.

    Sport 1, as cited by HITC Sport, claim that the youngster, who has been linked to both Arsenal and Wolves, is considering an exit.

  • Joe Brophy

    CECH THIS OUT

    Chelsea have sensationally named 38-year-old club legend and director of football Petr Cech in their 25-man Premier League squad list.

    Although the Blues have well-documented keeper issues, naming Cech in the list will raise many eyebrows.

    The Czech star retired at the end of the 2018-19 season after a four-year spell with Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal.

    But Cech was revered around Stamford Bridge and was brought back as director of football by chief exec Marina Granovskaia.

  • Joe Brophy

    POSITIVE RESULT

    Serge Gnabry has tested positive for coronavirus on the eve of Bayern Munich's Champions League opener against Atletico Madrid.

    The club's Twitter page announced the former Arsenal star had caught the virus.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNING FOR IT

    Only one name among Arsenal's top-ten highest earners has failed to make their Premier League squad…

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A MES

    Mesut Ozil is unlikely to ever play for Arsenal again after he was left out of the club's 25-man Premier League squad.

    SunSport revealed last week how the Gunners were set to omit the German playmaker from the squad.

    Now Mikel Arteta's side have confirmed Ozil, 32, has been unceremoniously DUMPED as their official squad list was submitted to league chiefs.

    In the 25-man squad, clubs are not allowed to submit more than 17 homegrown players over the age of 21, with Arsenal boasting 19 in their ranks.

    Clubs are allowed to revise their squad in the New Year, but this snub surely means that the 2014 World Cup winner has no future at Arsenal.

    The former Real Madrid maestro hasn't played a competitive game for the North Londoners since the 1-0 win against West Ham in March.

  • Joe Brophy

    SEEING RED

    Gary Neville has slammed the timing of a European Premier League.

    He told Sky Sports News: “The big issue that I have with it, is that at this moment in time, in the middle of a pandemic and when football is on its knees at so many different levels, the idea that a $6bn package is being put together to set up a new league when lower clubs are scrambling around to pay wages and stay in existence.

    “It's another wound for football. It doesn't feel like the right time to be talking about this.

    “The leak probably doesn't suit Manchester United or Liverpool at this moment in time as they're seen as the big, bad bullies.

    “I'm for progression of football, with new competitions and new formats, but we have got to look after the fabric of the game and what it means to the communities in this country.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAKING A MES

    Arsenal have confirmed their Premier League squad with Mesut Ozil left out as expected.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHERE SEAGULLS DARE

    Danny Welbeck has revealed 'agent' Adam Lallana played a key role in persuading him to join Brighton.

    The ex-Arsenal striker signed a one-year deal with the Seagulls on Sunday – linking up with old England team-mate Lallana, who also arrived at the Amex on a free this summer.

    Asked how his Albion switch came about, Welbeck, 29, explained: “It was over a few weeks, really.

    “I have been in talks with (Brighton technical director) Dan Ashworth and with the club.

    “I have been meeting members of staff and having chats with Adam Lallana as well.

    “Agent Lallana, isn’t it. Everything was really positive, so I made my decision and I’m here.

    “I obviously know Adam from earlier on in my career and we still speak.

    “To see him come here and to have conversations with him about the club, he has given me great reviews and it’s something where it does help you with your decision.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PER SHAPED

    Per Mertesacker has admitted that he was a panic buy for Arsenal when he joined from Werder Bremen back in 2011.

    He told Arsenal’s Lockdown Podcast: “I consider myself to be a panic buy. I’ve got no problems with that whatsoever because sometimes these times are rushed.

    “Football is rushed, especially when the transfer window is about to close. At that time Arsenal had two or three days to make adjustments to the squad.

    “To join an English team, my favourite English team, and to join the Premier League was something I couldn’t turn down.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A MES

    Arsene Wenger has urged Mesut Ozil to already prepare for his next club after the German was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad.

    The legendary Frenchman told Sky Sports, as quoted by Metro: “You practice every day and you make sure that your level doesn’t drop and that you can go somewhere else after and play somewhere else.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MIGHTY MIE

    Vivianne Miedema smashed the all-time scoring record for the Women’s Super League after hitingt a hat-trick against Tottenham.

    The strike sensation took her tally to 52 goals in just 50 appearances. Celebrate her incredible feat for the Gunners below…

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