Mikel Arteta told ESPN on Friday the reason Mesut Ozil hasn’t been playing as the German misses out on another game.

Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta (R) celebrates scoring a penalty with Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) for his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on October 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON
Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta (R) celebrates scoring a penalty with Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) for his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on October 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON

Ahead of Arsenal’s game against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, Arteta was inevitably asked about Ozil and why he hasn’t been playing.

“Pure football reasons,” Arteta said.

“My only ambition is the best squad and the best players who give us the best opportunity to win the game.”

Returning to training after a back injury, Ozil posted on his social media accounts

“I  A M  R E A D Y”

with some exploding emojis as you can see below:

This was on 14 July, posted before Arteta’s comments. It was the last thing he tweeted before the squad was announced.

We all sat eagerly waiting for Arteta’s squad.

Mesut Ozil sends clear message to Arsenal fans

Would Ozil be in it? He was not.

Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Macey, Holding, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Smith, Willock, Nelson, Saka