The German has not been named to the Gunners’ Premier League squad this week, but the England international insists he fully supports his team-mate.
The 32-year-old hasn’t played for Arsenal at all since March 7, although he has played in every game between Arteta’s meeting in December and afterwards.
Former Real Madrid man Ozil, who did not agree to cut his salary amid the coronavirus pandemic, believed his performance had improved, a view which is supported by the fact that he created more chances every 90 minutes than any other Arsenal player. term.
Arteta said on Wednesday that Ozil didn’t do enough to force his entry, even though he had every opportunity to impress.
England international Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, insisted that Ozil still has the full support of his teammates despite the current situation, with the playmaker’s contract coming to the end of the season.
“The club are behind Mesut, we are a team, that will always be the case until Mesut decides to make his decision and what he wants to do,” Maitland-Niles said at a press conference before Thursday’s clash with Rapid Vienna.
“At the end of the day, we’re focused on the game for now. Then when we get back to the training ground, we can ask ourselves if he wants to move on as a team.
“We are focused on the game for now. And when we finish the game and the three points are obtained, then we can focus on getting back to the training ground and solving the situation as a team. “
– Mesut Özil (@ MesutOzil1088) October 21, 2020
On the decision to omit Ozil, Maitland-Niles added, “This is something you’re going to have to ask the club. We as players haven’t really thought about it. We have literally been on the move all day. . We had our practice session and took our flight here so we didn’t have much time to sit down and process anything as a team. ”
Maitland-Niles has been the subject of intense transfer speculation throughout the summer, with Wolves submitting a bid of more than £ 20million ($ 26million) for the proceeds from the academy of ‘Arsenal, but he says Arteta was the key figure in deciding him to stay.
“There was a lot of speculation, but I chose to stay at the club that I love,” he said. “I’m happy with my decision and I’m sure the manager is happy that I stayed too.
“This was the manager who trusted me and let me know what was going on and the situation. He did and everything was fine in the end. ”