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Ozil says he refused Arsenal’s coronavirus pay cut because it was ‘rushed’ and it could be reason he hasn’t played since

MESUT OZIL rejected Arsenal’s coronavirus pay cut as it was “rushed” – and revealed that could be why he has been dropped.

The club’s highest-paid player, on £350,000-per-week, was slated after he refused to take a 12.5 per cent cut in April.

The German star was one of just three Arsenal players to reject the club’s proposal.

Ozil has now insisted he did not sign on the dotted line as it was “far too quick” to make such an important decision.

 

He told The Athletic: “As players, we all wanted to contribute.

“But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered.

“Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty – I would have been OK to take a bigger share – and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer.

“But we were rushed into it without proper consultation.

“For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going.

“But we didn’t get enough details, we just had to give a quick decision.

“It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.”

Piers Morgan was among the long-list of big names that slated Ozil for his decision.

But the out-of-favour playmaker has insisted he is targeted by people who are determined to “destroy” him.

He added: “People who know me know exactly how generous I am and, as far as I’m aware, I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out.

“I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me, to make me unhappy, to push an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me and paint a picture that is not true.”

Ozil has been frozen out of Arsenal’s squad since the season restarted in June.

He has not featured for the Gunners since March 7 – even though he is fit to play.

The German star has insisted his decision to reject the pay-cut could be the reason why he has been dropped.

He said: “Possibly the decision affected my chances on the pitch, I don’t know.

“But I’m not afraid to stand up for what I feel is right – and when you see what has happened now with the jobs – maybe I was.”

Ozil has been tipped to leave the Gunners after enduring a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

But the 31-year-old has insisted he is going nowhere despite Arsenal’s attempts to force him out of the club.

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