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Mesut Ozil 'rejects chance to join Al-Nassr for £5m transfer fee'
The £350,000-a-week Arsenal star has been the subject of a £5million bid by Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassri though the German midfielder is not keen to move to Asia, according to reports. The Arsenal midfielder has been frozen out by Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta this year and has not played for the north London club since March 7. The 31-year-old has also been left out of Arsenal's 25-man Europa League squad meaning his chances of representing the club before his £350,000-a-week contract runs out next summer are even slimmer.
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has reportedly been left out of Mikel Arteta's 25-man squad for this season's Premier League.
The German playmaker is yet to play a single minute in any competition for the Gunners this season and has not played since March 7, pre-lockdown, with the £350,000 a week star having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
But now Ozil has sunk to a new low in his exile from the team, with the Spanish boss leaving him out of the domestic squad according to and having already not been picked in the Europa League squad, Ozil looks to have played his last game for the club. ,
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Arsenal submitted their list of players on Tuesday, with defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos also omitted, the report adds.
Ozil had been hoping to make a comeback in the Gunners side this season but he looks set for no competitive football until the transfer window opens in January, at a minimum.
The Premier League quota only allow a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in each squad, with Arsenal possessing 19 - meaning they are forced to cut two stars from their list.
Arsenal have been looking to offload the German World Cup winner, with reports stating Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr made a £5m bid for Ozil in the summer, but the player himself did not want to ply his trade in the Middle East.
Mesut Ozil's 'to be left out of Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad'
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.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.
According to Tyc Sports, Ozil was offered a way out by Al-Nassr but was not prepared to accept the two-year deal put forward by the Saudi club.
The German has repeatedly maintained he is happy in London even if he is left out of the team by Arteta, who he played alongside between 2013 and 2016.
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Asked why the World Cup winner had fallen out of favour, Arteta replied at the end of last month: '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.
'You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it's very difficult every week not for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.
Mesut Ozil slams Arsenal for their lack of loyalty
The German midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since before the Premier League restarted from coronavirus lockdown but has fallen far down the pecking order under Arteta.The German midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since before the Premier League restarted from coronavirus lockdown, but has fallen far down the pecking order under Arteta - with his exclusion from his domestic squad the latest blow.
'Of course I understand and I respect your questions but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.'
Ozil, who has 254 appearances for Arsenal, hasn't played for the club since before the Premier League restart and his current deal expires next summer.
If his exclusion is confirmed, it would cap a miserable few months for the midfielder, who joined for a then-club record of £42.5million in 2013.
His exit now 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.
Arteta hits back at Ozil's agent for calling him 'dishonest' .
The £350,000-a-week playmaker was not included in Arsenal's Premier League or Europa League squads in a move that brings an end to his time on the field until at least January. Dr Erkut Sogut, Ozil's representative, soon launched a staunch defence of his client and criticised Arteta over how the situation has unfolded.