Arsenal

Arteta excludes Ozil from Europa League squad

The German international has not played a single minute of football for the Gunners this season

 
9:57am on Thursday 8th October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad for the upcoming group stage of the competition.

Last week, the Premier League side were drawn alongside Rapid Wien, Molde, and Dundalk in Group B, and are required to name a 25-man squad for the European fixtures.

Within that squad, they are only allowed 17 players not trained by the club, meaning that Mikel Arteta had some choices to make about who to leave out.

Ozil and Sokratis were the two players selected.

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The German remains Arsenal's highest earner, taking home a reported £350,000 per week. However, despite the huge financial outplay given to the player, he has barely played under Arteta.

Since the Premier League resumed in March in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, he has not been given a single minute of play on the pitch.

He has also failed to even make the squad for any of Arsenal's opening handful of matches in the 2020/21 campaign - or even for the League Cup.

Ozil's future at Arsenal has long been in doubt, though he has vowed to stay and fight for his place.

On Tuesday, he announced on Twitter his intention to pay the wages of popular club mascot, Jerry Quy (Gunnersaurus) who had been with the club for 27 years.

Arteta has previously provided some reasoning for Ozil's continued omission from the Arsenal squad.

“The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving. This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better," the Spaniard explained.

“You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it's very difficult every week not just for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players."

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