Mikel Arteta has omitted Mesut Ozil from Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad, claims a report.
Arteta’s squad has to be submitted by Tuesday afternoon and Goal report that Ozil has not made the cut.
If there was any doubt about the German’s future at The Emirates then that must now have been eradicated.
Ozil was left out of Arteta’s Europa League squad, but there were suggestions he may sneak into Arteta’s thinking in the league. That suggestion has proved wrong with the £350,000-a-week star left kicking his heels.
He will not kick a ball for Arsenal until February now, but the likelihood is that the 32-year-old will not play for the club again.
Centre-back Sokratis has also been told he has failed to make the squad, which Premier League rules state must include a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players over the age of 21.
Arteta had 19 players to choose from, and therefore he has decided to leave two of his senior men out.
Ozil has not played a game for Arsenal since the 1-0 win over West Ham in March, but he picked up a hefty loyalty bonus last month.
The German playmaker has been frozen out of the first team by 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.
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.
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’
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.
“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.”