Mesut Ozil ‘LEFT OUT of Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad by manager Mikel Arteta’… with the club’s highest earner at £350,000 a week likely to have already played his last game for the Gunners
- Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad on Tuesday
- The club’s domestic group for the 2020-21 season was submitted by Mikel Arteta
- Ozil has not played for the club since March 7, before the coronavirus lockdown
- Sokratis is another player not named in the Gunners’ Premier League squad
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has reportedly been left out of Mikel Arteta’s 25-man squad for this season’s Premier League.
The German playmaker is yet to play a single minute in any competition for the Gunners this season and has not played since March 7, pre-lockdown, with the £350,000 a week star having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
But now Ozil has sunk to a new low in his exile from the team, with the Spanish boss leaving him out of the domestic squad according to The Telegraph, and having already not been picked in the Europa League squad, Ozil looks to have played his last game for the club.
Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s club’s 25-man Premier League squad on Tuesday
The playmaker has fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta and his future at Arsenal looks over
Arsenal submitted their list of players on Tuesday, with defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos also omitted, the report adds.
Ozil had been hoping to make a comeback in the Gunners side this season but he looks set for no competitive football until the transfer window opens in January, at a minimum.
The Premier League only allow a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in each squad, with Arsenal possessing 19 – meaning they are forced to cut two stars from their list.
Arsenal have been looking to offload the German World Cup winner, with latest reports stating Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr made a £5m bid for Ozil in the summer, but the player himself did not want to ply his trade in the Middle East.
According to Tyc Sports, Ozil was offered a way out by Al-Nassr but was not prepared to accept the two-year deal put forward by the Saudi club.
He has not featured for Arsenal in the 2020-21 season and his contract is up next summer
The German has repeatedly maintained he is happy in London even if he is left out of the team by Arteta, who he played alongside between 2013 and 2016.
Asked why the World Cup winner had fallen out of favour, Arteta replied at the end of last month: ‘The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving.
‘This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better.
‘You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it’s very difficult every week not for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.
Ozil has suffered a miserable year at Arsenal and could face having no football until January
‘Of course I understand and I respect your questions but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.’
Ozil, who has 254 appearances for Arsenal, hasn’t played for the club since before the Premier League restart and his current deal expires next summer.
If his exclusion is confirmed, it would cap a miserable few months for the midfielder, who joined for a then-club record of £42.5million in 2013.
The 31-year-old has reportedly been offered the chance to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr
His exit now appears to be inevitable, with club legends weighing into the saga and casting doubt on his future. Former striker Kevin Campbell called him ‘yesterday’s news’ and claimed there was ‘no chance’ he would feature for the club ever again.
‘There have been certain things that have gone on, instances where he has gone against the club, so I don’t see where there is any room for him to come back,’ he told Genting Bet last week.
Meanwhile, legendary centre-back Martin Keown said Ozil’s stand-off with the club ‘cannot go on forever’ and admitted it seemed unlikely that there was a way back under Arteta.