Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has diverted attention away from his Europa League disappointment by posting a message to his fans on Twitter.
The German star, 31, was left out of Mikel Arteta’s 25-man squad for the European competition on Thursday, with defender Sokratis the other high-profile name to miss out.
Reports suggest the Gunners were desperate to move Ozil on in the summer transfer window, yet his eye-watering £350,000-a-week wages proved a stumbling block.
While he has remained an Arsenal player this summer, though, the midfielder will not be plying his trade in Europe anytime soon.
Mesut Ozil has broken his silence after failing to make it into Arsenal’s Europa League squad
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Following his latest snub at the Emirates, Ozil has taken to Twitter to express his delight at reaching the 25million follower mark.
“This is amazing!” he wrote. “Thank you so much for 25 Mio. followers on @Twitter!”
Ozil remains Arsenal’s highest-paid player despite failing to make an appearance for the club since March.
And the worst could be yet to come for the Gunners’ top earner, as Arteta must submit his 25-man Premier League squad by October 20.
The north London club can only name a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players, with 19 currently at their disposal.
That means Arteta has another difficult decision to make over the next few weeks, which could very result in Ozil missing out again.
He also faces a fight to make it into Mikel Arteta’s Premier League squad
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Amid speculation over his future, the Arsenal outcast expressed his desire to see out the final year of his contract earlier this summer.
“My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club,” he told The Athletic.
“Situations like these will never break me, they only…