Mesut Ozil’s exile at Arsenal looks set to continue after he was left out of the club’s 25-man squad for the Europa League group stages.
Mikel Arteta has made it clear that Ozil does not feature in his plans with the German having failed to make an appearance for the north London side since March, whilst he has not been included in any of the Gunners’ seven matchday squads so far this season.
It continues a remarkable fall from grace for the former Germany international who remains the highest-paid player in the club’s history on £350,000-a-week, his extraordinary wages providing a huge stumbling block in moving the player on this summer.
Ozil is now one of two senior players – alongside centre-back Sokratis – to have been left out of Arsenal‘s Europa League squad, the Gunners having been forced to omit two players given the 17 man cap on domestically trained players.
Mikel Arteta was forced to answer questions on Ozil’s future following his exclusion from the Carabao Cup victory over Leicester last month, admitting it will be ‘difficult’ for the player to force his way back into his plans as his side continues to evolve.
Despite his difficult situation, Ozil and his agent insisted the player would not look to leave during the summer transfer window, whilst this week the 31-year-old also offered to pay the salary of Jerry Quy – Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus – after the club revealed he was being made redundant.
Ozil has entered the final year of his record-breaking contract and looks set to leave the club after eight seasons on a free transfer next summer.
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