Arteta opens up on Mesut Ozil’s reaction when he told him he was being axed

Mikel Arteta admits Mesut Ozil was "disappointed" when he told him he was being axed from Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad.

Ozil is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal but appears to have already played his last game for the north London club.

Arteta has left him out both his Europa League and Premier League squad, meaning the earliest Ozil can play against is February.

The German released an angry statement on Wednesday, accusing the club he has represented since 2013 a lack of loyalty.

Arteta responded in a press conference on the same day, and also revealed the World Cup winner's reaction to being told the bad news.

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"Well obviously the players that were told that the situation was for them not to be selected generated disappointment because they're professional footballers and want to work with the right motivation to achieve the possibility to play," said Arteta.

"When that doesn't happen obviously it's difficult. As I said I'd rather have those difficult conversations face to face, explain the reasons why and things can change with time."

Ozil suggested he will see out the remainder of his Arsenal contract, and not look to leave in January, despite the fact he's not guaranteed any football this season.

"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 the club," said Ozil in his statement.

"No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my eighth 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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