Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has taken aim at Mikel Arteta after posting on social media that he ‘is ready’, ahead of Liverpool’s clash at the Emirates Stadium despite being deemed unavailable for the bout against the champions by his manager.
The World Cup-winning midfielder – who earns £350k-a-week according to Spotrac – has failed to feature for even a single minute since Project Restart took effect in June.
Arteta confirmed in his press conference that Ozil would again be missing as his team host Liverpool in the capital on Wednesday, the 31-year-old quickly responded after he posted on his Instagram page on Tuesday night a photo of himself in training captioned ‘I AM READY.’
When asked about Ozil in his pre-match press conference, Arteta held firm and refused to provide further speculation to the player’s future.
He said: ‘With Mesut, the situation is still the same as it was.’
Ozil will not be the only key figure out of contention when Arsenal welcome and congratulate the English champions with a guard of honour on Wednesday.
Calum Chambers is still out following an injury sustained in December. Bernd Leno, Pabo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are also absent with injuries picked up last month. Eddie Nketiah is another key figure missing after picking up a red card against Leicester City.
While Ozil may have declared himself fit, it is unlikely that the former Real Madrid star will be in contention against Klopp’s Liverpool.
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