Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil picks up huge loyalty bonus despite not playing

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Mesut Ozil has not played a game for Arsenal since the 1-0 win over West Ham in March, but he picked up a loyalty bonus last month.

The German playmaker has been frozen out of the first team by Mikel Arteta. However, such was a clause in his contract he was paid an £8m bonus at the end of September for staying with the club.

That’s the news via David Ornstein of The Athletic.

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Ozil’s bonus was due to him after it was included in the last contract he penned in January 2018. His salary was raised to £350,000 a week and the Gunners were so desperate for him to see out that deal until the summer of 2021, they included the incentive.

Arteta has refused to include him in any of his Premier League squads this season and he left him out of his Europa League squad last week.

Arteta does have to name his Premier League squad by October 20 and it remains to be seen whether the 31-year-old will make the cut.

The club were trying to offload him in the summer, but Ozil was adamant he was staying put, with £8m to look forward to.



The majority of Arsenal’s players and staff agreed to lower their pay in April as part of coronavirus cost-cutting measures.

The club cut salaries by 12.5 per cent, reduced to 7.5 per cent when Arsenal won the FA Cup. What’s more, club executives agreed to cut a third of their pay packets.

‘The decision affected my chances on the pitch’

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However, Ozil refused to do so and he believes that decision has effectively ended his chances of playing under Arteta.

Speaking to The Athletic, Ozil said in August: “It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure,” the 31-year-old said of the pay cuts. “This was not fair, especially for the young guys, and I refused.

“People who know me know exactly how generous I am and, as far as I’m aware, I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out.

“I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me, to make me unhappy, to push an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me and paint a picture that is not true.

“Possibly the decision affected my chances on the pitch, I don’t know. But I’m not afraid to stand up for what I feel is right — and when you see what has happened now with the jobs, maybe I was.”

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