If there is one thing that proves Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal future is all but over, it is the build-up to the FA Cup Final.
Mikel Arteta’s men face Chelsea at Wembley on August 1, looking to end the 2019-20 season with silverware.
It would be a crowning achievement for Arteta, having arrived in December following Unai Emery’s disappointing tenure.
Arteta’s men have only finished the Premier League season in eighth position, granted, but the Spaniard, in his first managerial role, already looks to be building a platform that can lead to future success.
That future does not include the World Cup winner.
The club's main creator, who wears the No.10 shirt, is on the outside looking in now more than ever.
Ozil has not played for Arsenal since the Premier League restart in June.
Having initially been a key man during Arteta’s opening months at the helm, the club’s highest earner has been cast aside.
At 31, the £350k-a-week playmaker has been overlooked throughout, as Arsenal secured an eighth place finish and booked their spot in the FA Cup Final, defeating Sheffield United and Manchester City en route to their showdown with the Blues.
Ozil, who turns 32 in October, was on the bench at Southampton; but the enduring image of the German in that game at St Mary’s was of Ozil sat in the stands protecting himself from the sun by an umbrella.
Since, Arteta has said little publicly about Ozil. Often, it has been little more than: “I have nothing to say.”
This week, Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, claimed: "I don't think Mesut will leave before the summer of 2021.
"He's got an ongoing contract that hasn't changed. He will stay with Arsenal.”
He has a contract at the Emirates, he is well within his rights to do just that.
But whereas others – notably Dani Ceballos – have changed Arteta’s attitude with their displays first in training, then in matches, Ozil has been unable to.
Sure, there have been Instagram posts of him in training – one in particular declaring "I AM READY" – but seemingly nothing to suggest to his manager that he is desperate to play again.
This week, as Arsenal have been preparing for a showpiece occasion that will ultimately define their season, Ozil has been in Turkey for the beginning of Eid.
It is understood that he did have the club’s permission, with non-playing squad members not expected to train with the first team under strict protocol rules.
But, as those stars Arteta believes he can count on are putting in the work and doing what their manager demands to ensure a trophy and European football next term, it tells you everything you need to know about where Ozil stands in his manager’s thinking.
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