The Gunners stunned English football when they decided to leave the playmaker out of both their Premier League and Europa League squads for the current campaign.
Ozil is famously on a wage of £350k-a-week in north London but hasn’t played all season.
In fact, the 32-year-old hasn’t been seen in an Arsenal shirt since a 1-0 win over West Ham in early March. It’s rather incredible that a player of his ability isn’t featuring in the side but there are a host of reasons to potentially explain his absence.
Mikel Arteta has previously revealed that he wasn’t included for ‘football reasons’.
It’s hard to believe that though when you consider the Gunners scored just once from open play in the entity of November in the Premier League. It’s made even worse when you assess the statistics from last season. Despite his lack of game time, the number 10 was still Arsenal’s best creator with 2.1 key passes a game.
Why therefore is he not playing? At one stage this season, Arsenal had managed fewer shots per game than any of the bottom clubs across Europe’s top five leagues.
Surely Ozil would be of use to Arsenal then? That’s something Palmer certainly thinks.
Speaking to FFC, he suggested that the former Germany international was being mistreated. The pundit was clearly baffled by the situation, saying:
“I’ll come back to how can they be struggling when somebody like Ozil’s not getting a game. I just don’t get that.”
Palmer continued: “I think that’s a bit of a personal something, a personal vendetta that’s gone on there with the club and if you’re paying that type of money, and he’s a talented, talented player, and you’re not winning football matches, there’s something wrong if he’s not playing.”
Indeed, it would be a shock if we saw Ozil in an Arsenal shirt ever again.
His contract expires at the end of the season and it would seem that Arteta has already moved on from him. It’s a sad end to his stay at the Emirates Stadium.