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.
Following his latest snub at the Emirates, Ozil has taken to Twitter to express his delight at reaching the 25million follower mark.
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.
Amid speculation over his future, the Arsenal outcast expressed his desire to see out the final year of his contract earlier this summer.
“Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club – the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time – and I love London, it’s my home.”
He added: “I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.