Jack Wilshere has dubbed Arsenal’s decision to snub Mesut Ozil from their squad as “difficult to understand”.
The German will not be playing a part for the Gunners this season after being omitted from their Premier League and Europa League teams.
It has seen the north London side face heavy criticism from pundits over the decision over their top earner, currently on £350,000-a-week.
And Wilshere, who spent five seasons with Ozil before moving to West Ham, has become the latest to express his bafflement at Ozil’s omission.
Speaking to Sky Sports , the midfielder said: “I’ve said it before.
“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with, so all I can do is comment on him as a footballer.
“I know what he can give as a footballer, so it makes it difficult to understand.
“I’m not in the club, though. I’m sure a lot of teams in Europe would want Mesut as the first name on their team-sheet.
“But Arteta’s the manager, he makes the decision.”
It comes as another of Ozil’s former team-mates, Laurent Koscielny, has lifted the lid on the German’s attitude to his exile.
“We’re both part of the ‘Arsene Wenger Generation’,” the French defender – who spent six seasons with Ozil at the Emirates – told L’Equipe .
“The coach loved him as a player. It was more complicated with Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta.
“Knowing him, he must always be professional in training, always on time. He is undoubtedly at the level demanded by the Premier League.
“There is probably a certain case with the club since last year, I hope both sides find a deal that works for everyone.
“He is a competitor. I hope to see him back on the pitch soon, at Arsenal or elsewhere, because he is real talent.”
Ozil, though, has seen the funny side of his situation after joking about a new job with Roma.