Mesut Ozil arrived at Arsenal in 2013 and it’s safe to say his time at the club has been anything but dull.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal on the bench during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal on the bench during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary’s Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

As I chatted on Twitter, a few people suggested that Ozil’s comments about China at the end of 2019 might be the real reason he is being omitted from the squad, so I decided to see how it all fit together on his timeline.

Meust Ozil’s Arsenal timeline

2 September 2013 Signs from Real Madrid for £42.3m on a five-year deal that made him the most expensive Geman of all time
Takes number 11 shirt
In Özil’s first press conference, he said: “I would have come here for free, that wouldn’t have been a problem.”
14 September 2013 Makes Arsenal debut v Sunderland as assist Olivier Giroud as Arsenal win 3-1
1 October 2013 Ozil is shortlisted for Ballon d’Or. It goes to Ronaldo who said when Ozil left Real Madrid, “He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal … I’m angry about Özil leaving.”
1 October 2013 Ozil featured in UEFA Team of the Year
May 2014 Finishes first season with Arsenal with seven goals and 14 assists in 42 games, an assist tally that would have been much, much higher had Arsenal’s forwards not been so bad at converting the chances he created
13 July 2014 Mesut Ozil wins the World Cup with Germany and ends the tournament as their top scorer with eight goals, the World Cup’s leader in passes completed in the final third (171), joint-second in chances created (17) and second for possession won back in the final third.
July 2014 Donates his World Cup winnings to pay for surgery for 23 Brazilian children, one of a signifigant number of large charitable endeavours Ozil frequently undertakes with ittle-to-no media coverage
8 November 2015 Sets new premier league record for assisting in six consecutive matches
28 December 2015 Creates 9 chances in a game, most in the season (v Bournemouth)
May 2015 Finishes the season with five goals and nine assists in 32 games
1 January 2016 Contract talks over a new deal reveal Ozil’s original fee was actuallt £37.4m plus £5.1m over next 6 years dependent on CL qualification
24 January 2016 Plays 100th game for Arsenal v Chelsea
2 February 2016 Creates 10 chances in a game, breaking his previous record (v Southampton)
May 2016 Finishes the season with eight goals and 20 assists in 45 games
March 2017 Ozil releases autobiography
May 2017 Finishes the season with 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games
May 2018 Finishes the season with five goals and 14 assists in 35 games
May 2018 Poses with Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with Ilkay Gundogan in the run up to the 2018 World Cup
15 May 2018 German FA make it known that they are not pleased with Mesut Ozil for posing with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
14 June 2018 Angela Merkel defends Mesut Ozil
27June 2018 Germany are eliminated from the World Cup in the Group Stages and Mesut Ozil is blamed by the media despite only playing two of Germany’s three gams and still creating more chances per game on average than any other player in the tournament (5.5)
July 2018 Nobody seemed to have any problem with football embracing Vladimir Putin in Russia at the World Cup
10 July 2018 Mesut Ozil’s father encourages him to quit Germany after racist abuse from both fans and officials at the German FA
12 July 2018 German officials are encouraged to resign after comments about Ozil
20 July 2018 Jurgen Klopp defends Mesut Ozil
23 July 2018 Turkey hail Mesut Ozil’s statement attacking the DfB for racism
30 July 2018 Fans hold demonstration against media treatment of Özil as he loses sponsor
August 2018 Ozil takes the number 10 shirt when Jack Wilshere leaves
20 August 2018 DfB admit failures in regards to Mesut Ozil’s claims
23 August 2018 Bayern Munich president attacks Mesut Ozil for the second time
23 August 2018 Jurgen Klopp defends Mesut Ozil again
14 April 2019 Oliver Bierhoff admits ‘mistakes were made’ with Mesut Ozil
May 2019 Finishes the season with six goals and three assists in 35 games in Unai ‘what is attacking football’ Emery’s first season at Arsenal
18 May 2019 Has dinner with Erdogan
29 May 2019 Tells Unai Emery he is ‘not a coach’ as he’s subbed in the Europa League final as Arsenal get battered by Chelsea
7 June 2019 Ozil marries Amine Gulse with Erdogan as a witness
7 June 2019 Ozil pays for the surgery of 1,000 children to celebrate his wedding
July 2019 Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are attacked by armed car jackers
19/20 season Unai Emery does not select Mesut Ozil for the first thee league games and gives him just 71 minutes in the first 10
29 November 2019 Arsenal sack Unai Emery
13 December 2019 Mesut Ozil tweets about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China
13 December 2019 Arsenal issue statement on Weibo distancing themselves from his statement after China bans them from appearing on TV and orders the removal of Ozil’s image
21 December 2019 Mikel Arteta is named Arsenal head coach and selects Mesut Ozil for every game before the break, except his first at Everton
29 December 2019 China lift Arsenal ban but won’t mention Mesut Ozil’s name
21 April 2020 Mesut Ozil asks for more details from the club before agreeing to a paycut. Despite clarifying his stance and willingness to take a larger cut than that asked and being one ofthree players to refuse, Ozil is scapegoated in the pres. He is not selected after this.
13 August 2020 Ozil tells The Athletic he believes his stance over a paycut is behind him not being selected
March 2020 Mesut and Amine announce the birth of their first child, Eda
7 March 2020 Last time Ozil played any competitive minutes (v West Ham). He played 89 minutes
3 June 2020 It is announced that Adidas will not be renewing Mesut Ozil’s deal after five years
25 June 2020 Last time Ozil was in matchday squad (v Southampton)
July 2020 Finishes the season having scored one and assisted three in 23 games but created more chances than any other Arsenal player and with a higher overall average rating than Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cedric Soares, David Luiz, Rob Holding, Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, and Emile Smith Rowe
28 September 2020 German football federation, Dfb, finally admits they made mistakes with Mesut Ozil
19 October 2020 Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad
21 October 2020 Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad
22 October 2020 Mesut Ozil issues statement saying, “This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years. I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being. Upon signing my new contract in 2018,1 pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated. As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays. I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far. Before the Coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta -we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level. But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. What else can I say? London still feels like home, I still have many good friends in this team, and I still feel a strong connection with the fans of this club. No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th season at Arsenal end like this. I can promise you that this hard decision won’t change anything in my mindset – I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.
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