Sport Mesut Ozil's 'to be left out of Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad'
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Mesut Özil jumps to the side of the dismissed Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus and offers him a wage transfer. He has thus received applause and harsh criticism. © Provided by sport1.de Did Özil just want to expose Arsenal? Mesut Özil once again caused a stir off the pitch. After Arsenal FC had already released over 50 employees in August, the Gunners also announced the dismissal of the long-time actor of the mascot Gunnersaurus a few days ago.
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is set for more misery at the Emirates by being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad, according to reports.
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, failing to impress.
But now he is set to sink to a new low in his exile from the team, with the Spanish boss preparing to leave him out of his domestic squad, thereports.
Arsenal will submit their list of players on Tuesday, with Ozil set to join centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos in being omitted, the report adds.
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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.
The Premier League 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.
Ozil, who has 254 appearances for Arsenal, hasn't played for the club since before the Premier League restart in March 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.
Ozil Europa League decision was 'really difficult' but Arteta welcomes Partey 'buzz' at Arsenal
Mesut Ozil's future and Thomas Partey's arrival were among the topics discussed by Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal's trip to Manchester City.Ozil has been outcast under Gunners boss Arteta this season and the Germany World Cup winner's long-term future was cast into further doubt when he failed to make their European party.
He has already been axed from Arteta's Europa League squad and came under fire when he refused to take a pay cut during lockdown.
His exit 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.
Brendan Rodgers backs Arteta's decision to drop Mesut Ozil .
Mesut Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since March, and lashed out at the club's leadership this week, saying that they lacked 'loyalty.' Mikel Arteta says off-field issues have nothing to do with it.World Cup winner Ozil has not featured for the Gunners since March and was left out of Arteta's squads for both the Premier League and Europa League.