Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has left Mesut Ozil out of Arsenal’s Europa League 25-man squad for the forthcoming campaign.
Ozil has not featured for Arsenal in a competitive game since the return of football following the coronavirus disruptions.
The 31-year-old has not played for the North London outfit since March.
The latest development comes as a further blow to Ozil’s chance of finding a way back into the team.
Ozil does have another 12 months left on his contract but the Europa League squad omission means he won’t play in Europe at least in the group stages.
There is also the possibility that the playmaker of Turkish origin won’t make the Premier League final squad list.
Which would mean no more football at least until January for Ozil.
It would be an expensive decision for Arteta to make as Ozil is paid £350,000-a-week making him one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League.
Ozil recently hit the headlines after committing to pay the salary of the man who plays club mascot Gunnersaurus.
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I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot @officialgunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years. As such, I’m offering to reimburse @Arsenal with the full salary of our big green guy as long as I will be an Arsenal player so Jerry can continue his job that he loves so much. ❤️🙏🏼#JusticeForGunnersaurus #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa