Mesut Ozil will play no part in Arsenal’s season until February at the earliest following the midfielder’s omission from the club’s 25-man Premier League squad.
The news comes after the German was excluded from Arsenal‘s Europa League group stage squad earlier this month as his exile at the Emirates continues, Mikel Arteta having made it clear that the 31-year-old is not a part of his future plans.
It caps a remarkable fall from grace for the playmaker who remains the highest-paid player in Arsenal’s history on a staggering £350,000-a-week, though it now appears that Ozil has played his final game for the north London side.
According to Goal, both Ozil and defender Sokratis have been informed they will not be part of the squad for the Premier League season – the final line-up of which had to be announced by 2pm on Tuesday – Mikel Arteta having failed to sufficiently trim his squad in the summer window to leave himself needing to omit two of his 19 non-homegrown players from his squad.
Both players have been deemed surplus to requirements at the club during the summer transfer window, and could now seek a mid-season exit with the winter window just over two months away.
Ozil signed for the Gunners in a club-record deal from Real Madrid seven years ago and has won the FA Cup on three occasions during that time, but he has become an increasingly peripheral figure with his languid style at odds with the intensity often demanded in the modern game.
He has not featured for the club since before football was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic in March, but has maintained a stance that he will see out the remainder of his record-breaking contract that is due to expire next summer.