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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Reuters

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Reuters

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Reuters

Mikel Arteta has said he takes full responsibility for Mesut Ozil's exclusion from the Arsenal team and admitted he had "failed" in his management of the club's highest-paid player.

Arteta has left Ozil out of his Premier League and Europa League squad lists and hasn't selected the 32-year-old in a competitive game since March.

Ozil insists his "loyalty and allegiance" to Arsenal had not been reciprocated by the club.

Arteta said he had maintained a high level of communication with Ozil and that he had always been straightforward with the midfielder, whose £350,000-a-week wages are a drain on club finances.

"My job is to get the best out of every player," Arteta said ahead of Arsenal's Europa League match against Rapid Vienna tonight. "I feel that I have failed. I want the best possible Mesut for the team. And (sometimes) I was able to get close to that, and at the moment I have not been able to do it because I have to make the decision to leave him out of the squad."

© Daily Telegraph, London

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