Willian won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League during seven years with Chelsea.
Arsenal did not criticise Ozil for making the comments, but instead posted on their page on the Chinese social media site Weibo that the club "always adheres to the principles" of not getting involved in politics.
The Premier League will open one month later than usual because of the July finish to its delayed 2019-20 campaign, and the UEFA competitions continuing to 23 August.
Silva made 93 assists after his debut in the Premier League in August 2010, 29 more than any other player in that 10-year period.
Ozil was absent as Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on 1 August, but he will not allow the club to force him out before his contract expires in June 2021.
Premier League: Tottenham sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton; Kyle Walker-Peters makes Saints move
Hojbjerg was stripped of the Saints captaincy and dropped for most of Southampton's post-coronavirus lockdown matches after he informed them he would not be signing a new contract.
Premier League: Liverpool sign defender Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos for reported fee of £11.7 million
Kostas Tsimikas played 27 times in the league last season, winning the first major honour of his career as Olympiakos clinched the Greek title.
Bundesliga: Jadon Sancho travels to Dortmund's pre-season camp as Manchester United switch deadline expires
Sancho is of the brightest talents in Europe and Dortmund, who finished second in the Bundesliga last season, had slapped a $140 million price tag on him.
Willian rejected Tottenham Hotspur to join Chelsea from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala for £30 million ($39 million) in 2013.
Premier League: Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic out for six weeks, could miss start of new season
Christian Pulisic had 11 goals and eight assists in his first season at Chelsea after joining from Borussia Dortmund.
The 39-year-old King spent his entire 13-year playing career at Tottenham and has been a club ambassador since retiring in 2012.
Despite the International Football Association Board allowing the temporary use of five substitutions next season, the league won't be adopting it. The rule had been seen to favor bigger clubs with more depth in their squads.
Manchester City sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake on five-year deal after Cherries drop to Championship
Manchester City agreed to a fee of 40 million pounds for Nathan Ake, who signed a five-year deal.
Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham assured supporters in their statement that investment into the team will continue, despite the loss of jobs
Championship playoff final: Fulham beat Brentford to secure Premier League promotion after one season away
Brentford, who boasted a 59-goal strike force in Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins, were kept in check in the most important match of the season.
Brentford to earn over $200 million in additional revenue in event of Premier League qualification, says study
If Brentford survive their first season, the additional revenue would rise to 265 million pounds ($345 million) over five years.
Bundesliga, LaLiga witness more away wins in empty stadiums, fewer draws in Premier League, Serie A goes the other direction
One of the compromises to bring football back from pandemic enforced break was empty stadiums. Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga and Serie A finished without fans in attendance. But did it alter the outcomes? We ran the numbers.
Howe was English league football's second longest-serving manager having begun his second spell at Bournemouth in October 2012 and leading it into the Premier League in 2015.
Premier League: Saudi Arabia-led consortium's Newcastle United bid ends over piracy, human rights issues
Premier League spent four months considering whether to approve the 300 million pound takeover of Newcastle that would have seen Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund gain an 80 percent stake in it.
Werner, a German international, agreed a 45 million pound move to Stamford Bridge last month and has already started training with the Londoners even though he is ineligible to play until next season.