Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed that forgotten team-mate Mesut Ozil has remained each “completely skilled” and “loyal” since being frozen out on the Emirates Stadium.
This season, the previous Actual Madrid midfielder has been omitted of each Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads, indicating that he has no future remaining in north London.
Ozil has not performed for the membership because the UK was pressured into its first full-scale nationwide lockdown again in March, together with his final outing being within the 1-Zero dwelling conquer West Ham United on March 7.
Regardless that the previous Germany worldwide doesn’t determine in Mikel Arteta’s plans on the Emirates Stadium, he stays the membership’s highest earner, which continues to ship shock waves by means of the soccer world whenever you take note of his absence from the group.
Regardless of his absence from the squad, Ozil has continued to coach together with his team-mates on the membership’s Cobham coaching base and goalkeeper Leno, who can be trying to assist the Gunners seal a return to profitable methods once they face Leeds United at Elland Street on Sunday afternoon, has admitted that the midfielder, who has been touted for a transfer to the MLS when his contract in north London expires subsequent summer season, has remained skilled.
Leno informed German outlet Bild, as quoted by the Metro: “Mesut remains to be part of the group and trains with us. He’s completely skilled, each on the pitch and within the altering room.
“Clearly it’s a disappointing scenario for him however Mesut handles it nicely and is completely loyal.”
Not too long ago, Gunners chief Arteta stood by his determination to freeze Ozil out of the image on the Emirates Stadium, admitting that he had given him alternatives to get his Arsenal profession again on monitor.
“What I can inform you that I attempted my finest, I attempted to offer him as many alternatives as I might,” Arteta informed Sky Sports activities. “And that from my very own facet, I’ve been affected person, given him alternatives and been truthful.
“He’s a participant that belongs to a soccer membership, he’s been a very essential participant in the previous few seasons.
“I’ve to respect that, I’m right here to make selections, the most effective selections for the group and for the membership. That is what I attempt to do after which I’ve to clarify them as a result of folks want the explanations and the fitting solutions.
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“I simply give mine, whether or not they consider me or agree with me or not, there’s nothing I can do.
“However I’ve to place my selections, with my coronary heart and with my mind to make the fitting selections that I consider are good.”
Since becoming a member of Arsenal again in September 2013 for a payment simply north of £40million, the midfielder, who turned 32 final month, has made 254 appearances for the membership, scoring 44 targets and registering 77 assists.