Mesut Ozil has been shockingly dropped from Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad submitted on Tuesday.
It was obvious already on the wall for Ozil, 32, after he was axed from Mikel Arteta’s UEFA Europa League squad last week.
And Arteta has reportedly now made the same decision on the domestic front, meaning Ozil will be consigned to the sidelines until January at least.
The former Real Madrid star has not kicked a ball in competitive action for Arsenal since play resumed after the Covid-19 break in March, despite being the Gunners’ highest earner on £350,000 a week.
He reportedly picked up an £8 million loyalty bonus at the end of September as part of the deal which runs until next summer, but has never seemed further from Arteta’s plans despite initially getting a run in the team when the Spaniard took over from Unai Emery last December.
Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, was linked to a potential exit from the Emirates this summer but insisted he will stay and fight for his place.
His astronomical wages that he commands would also be a barrier to any club aiming to secure his services before he potentially leaves as a free agent in the summer of 2021.