Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Mikel Arteta has told Mesut Ozil he is “not welcome” by leaving him out of his Premier League and Europa League squads.
Ozil did not travel to Vienna with the squad for their European opener having been left out of Arteta’s squad.
He met the same fate when they submitted their Premier League squad list next week with the Gunners’ highest-earner releasing a statement expressing his disappointment at the decisions.
Ozil now looks to have played his last game for the club as his £350,000-a-week contract winds down to its conclusion next summer.
And Keown believes the “extremely sad” situation shows he is not wanted and is down to an issue with application.
Keown told BT Sport: "When you don't get named in the 25, you're basically being told, 'you're not welcome, you're not a part of the future’.
"I think it's extremely sad, a quality player, and for whatever reason, we don't really know why.
"But when someone's technically gifted like that, it has to be an application thing. Effort, the package, and that's a real shame that it couldn't be worked out."
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Owen Hargreaves stated he believes Ozil’s snub is not only down to footballing reasons.
Hargreaves said: ”I think the football player wants to play football. That's the only reason he signed the contract.
"He probably had a ton of other options because he wants to play for Arsenal. He's at home here, he's been here for eight years.
"I think outside of Messi he's had the most assists in Europe in that time, so we're talking about a guy who has won the World Cup, done it on the biggest stage.
"It's a shame he can't play football. He should be in the Premier League squad, he should be in the Europa League squad.
"He isn't for probably other reasons, what he knows and the club knows, but I love watching Mesut Ozil play football.
"He might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he's my cup of tea when you get to watch the football player play football.
"When you get the right pieces of the puzzle around him, like he had at Germany and Real Madrid, then he functions and it's just a shame we can't see him."
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