Mikel Arteta stuns fans and says it ‘ was a tough decision’ to let £350,000-a-week Ozil leave Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted it was a ‘tough decision’ to let go of Mesut Ozil as the German playmaker nears a move to Fenerbache.

Ozil is a brilliantly gifted player that has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons ever since he signed that massive £350,000-a-week contract to stay at the Emirates, but this season took another turn.

He was dropped from the Europa league and Premier League squads by Mikel Arteta, as the Spaniard signalled his intent to get rid of the German, and after feeling let down by the club, Ozil has decided that a move to Fenerbahce is the right one to make.

But despite dropping him from the squad, Arteta has claimed it was a tough decision to let Ozil go, He said: “Yes, for many different reasons [it was a tough decision]… there is a history here what happened in the past few years, how things developed, how I think the team should evolve for the future, and his position at the club.

“A player with such an importance that is not playing, that is not in the squad, it is a really difficult situation to sustain for both parties because the player wants to play and we cannot give him the minutes. Obviously that situation has to be resolved.

“He is a great footballer, a really talented footballer, a player who has done a lot for the football club but at the moment I want to take the team in a different direction.

“If we were to have more options, then maybe he was part of some plans – he was part of some plans at the start, and he wasn’t at the end.”

Doesnt seen like it was that hard of a decision was it?

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