Mesut Ozil LEFT OUT of Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad by manager Mikel Arteta… with the club’s highest earner at £350,000 a week likely to have already played his last game for the Gunners
- Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad on Tuesday
- The club’s domestic group for the 2020-21 season was submitted by Mikel Arteta
- Ozil has not played for the club since March 7, before the coronavirus lockdown
- Sokratis is another player not named in the Gunners’ Premier League squad
Mesut Ozil may have played his last game for Arsenal after his fall from grace continued when he was left out of Mikel Arteta’s Premier League squad on Tuesday.
Ozil, who has not played for Arsenal since March or made a matchday squad since June, was dealt a first blow when he was left out of their Europa League plans last week.
Arsenal’s £350,000-a-week playmaker will now be paid to train and maintain his fitness for the rest of the year after also being axed from Arteta’s Premier League squad for the first half of the season.
Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s club’s 25-man Premier League squad on Tuesday
The playmaker has fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta and his future at Arsenal looks over
He was left out along with defender Sokratis – another omitted from the Europa League squad.
The pair will only be able to feature for the Under 23s until their situation is reviewed in January.
Ozil has not played for the Gunners since refusing to take a pay-cut following the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ozil has not featured for Arsenal in the 2020-21 season and his contract is up next summer
Ozil has suffered a miserable year at Arsenal and could face having no football until January
Arsenal had hoped to agree a deal to terminate his contract, which ends next summer.
Ozil has received lucrative offers from the Middle East, but he has made it clear he intends to see out his deal, handing Arsenal a major financial headache.
The remainder of the World Cup winner’s contract is worth around £12million.
The 31-year-old has reportedly been offered the chance to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr
Danny Rose, who was not given a squad number ahead of this season, remains frozen out at Tottenham after being left out of Jose Mourinho’s Premier League squad.
The left back was not named in their Europa League party, either.
At Manchester United, defender Phil Jones — who signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal last year — and goalkeeper Sergio Romero were axed from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squads for the Champions League and Premier League.
Jones made just eight appearances last season and previously featured in the league for United in their 2-0 home defeat against Burnley in January.
Romero has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the return of Dean Henderson and was priced out of a deadline-day move to Everton.
That prompted his wife to launch a scathing attack on the club for their treatment of the goalkeeper, who found out about both omissions on social media.
Marcos Rojo has returned to the United fold, though, and made their Premier League squad despite missing out in Europe.
Virgil van Dijk has been removed from Liverpool’s squad following the knee injury he suffered in the Merseyside derby.