Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal exile set to hit a new low with the £350,000-a-week playmaker ‘to be left out of the club’s 25-man squad Premier League’ by manager Mikel Arteta
- Mesut Ozil will be left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad, reports claim
- The club’s domestic group for the 2020-21 season will be submitted on Tuesday
- Ozil is expected to miss out after failing to impress Mikel Arteta in recent weeks
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is set for more misery at the Emirates by being left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad, according to reports.
The German playmaker is yet to play a single minute of action in any competition for the Gunners this season having fallen out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta, with the 32-year-old, who earns £350,000-a-week at the club, failing to impress.
But now he is set to sink to a new low in his exile from the team, with the Spanish boss preparing to leave him out of his domestic squad, the Evening Standard report.
Mesut Ozil is reportedly set to be left out of Arsenal’s club’s 25-man Premier League squad
The playmaker has fallen out of favour under manager Mikel Arteta and his future looks bleak
Arsenal will submit their list of players on Tuesday, with Ozil set to join centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos in being omitted, the report adds.
Ozil had been hoping to make a comeback in the Gunners side this season but he is now bracing for a massive blow, and could be set to play no competitive football until the transfer window opens in January.
The Premier League only allow a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in each squad, with Arsenal possessing 19 – meaning the club are forced to cut two stars from their list.
He has not featured for Arsenal in the 2020-21 season and his contract is up next summer
Ozil, who has 254 appearances for Arsenal, hasn’t played for the club since before the Premier League restart in March and his current deal expires next summer.
If his exclusion is confirmed, it would cap a miserable few months for the midfielder, who joined the club for a then-club record of £42.5million in 2013.
He has already been axed from Arteta’s Europa League squad and came under fire when he refused to take a pay cut during lockdown.
Ozil has suffered a miserable year at Arsenal and could face having no football until January
His exit from the club 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.
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