Ozil may never play for the club ever again, unless he is offered a lifeline in the FA Cup.
But Ainsley Maitland-Niles admits his co-stars are backing the player following his latest snub.
“The club’s behind Mesut, we’re a team, that’s always going to be the case until Mesut decides to make his decision and what he wants to do,” Maitland-Niles told a news conference before tonight’s clash with Rapid Vienna.
“Ultimately, we’re focused on the game for now. Then when we get back to the training ground we can talk about if he wants to go by as a team.
“We’re focused on the game as of now. And when we do finish the game and the three points are secured, then we can focus on going back to the training ground and solving the situation as a team.
Asked about the decision to omit Ozil from the Europa League and Premier League squads, Maitland-Niles replied: “That’s something you’re gonna have to ask the club.
“Us as players, we haven’t really thought about it much.
“We’ve literally been on the go the whole day. We’ve had our training session and took our flight here, so we haven’t had much time to sit down and process anything as a team.”
Ozil broke his silence on Wednesday, releasing a message on social media.
Asked about the German’s statement, Arteta said: “Everybody is free to express his feeling.
“That’s just a football decision that my conscious is really calm.
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“I’ve been really fair with him, my level of communication with him has been really high.
“I am sad that I have to leave three players out of this list which is never pleasant.
“I have to say that I try to look everybody in the eye and be comfortable with it.
“With Mesut I have this feeling because I was being very straightforward since I arrived at this club.”