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We are all behind Mesut Özil - Arsenal youngster, Maitland-Niles says

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Mesut Ozil name continue to surface on the front pages of media outlets in England despite being frozen out of the Arsenal’s team.

Mikel Arteta have submitted the list of 25 players to the Premier League season and surprisingly Mesut Ozil name was omitted.

Also, last week, Goal reports that Arsenal snubbed Mesut Ozil name along side Sokratis and William Saliba names from their Europa League squad.

Although, Ozil has come out to slam the with the way he has been treated lately. 

Just so you know, the former Real Madrid star hasn't played a game for Arsenal since March 7. Ozil had earlier played in every game when Arteta was newly appointed as manager of but things turned the corner in March.

Recall that the World Cup winner reportedly refused to agree to take a salary cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. The playmaker performances in games started to drop prior to the lockdown and was criticised several times for his attitude on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has stated that the players have the backing of Mesut Ozil despite missing out on the Gunners' 25-man Premier League squad.

Maitland-Niles recently signed a long term contract with the club to end speculation of leaving the Emirates. 

He seems to be getting some game time under his belt under Mikel Arteta. 

"The club's behind Mesut, we're a team, that's always going to be the case until Mesut decides to make his decision and what he wants to do," Maitland-Niles told a news conference ahead of Thursday's clash with Rapid Vienna.

"Ultimately, we're focused on the game for now. Then when we get back to the training ground we can talk about if he wants to go by as a team.

"We're focused on the game as of now. And when we do finish the game and the three points are secured, then we can focus on going back to the training ground and solving the situation as a team."

Arsenal will face Rapid Vienna on Thursday evening in their opening game in the Europa League. 

The Arsenal's academy product also spoke on the decision of the coach to leave Ozil of the Europa League squad.

On the decision to omit Ozil, Maitland-Niles added: "That's something you're gonna have to ask the club. Us as players, we haven't really thought about it much. We've literally been on the go the whole day. We've had our training session and took our flight here, so we haven't had much time to sit down and process anything as a team."

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