Arsenal outcasts Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have been left out of the Gunners’ Europa League squad.
Ozil, the club’s highest-earner, hasn’t played since March despite being fit, while Sokratis also hasn’t featured this season.
The pair have fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta post-lockdown, but the club were unable to shift them during the summer transfer window.
Sokratis is one of eight centre-backs on Arsenal’s books and Ozil doesn’t fit Arteta’s preferred system.
It was thought they might feature in Europe when Arteta rotates his squad – but neither of them have even made the 25-man squad.
Reports claim Arsenal are trying to reach a deal with Ozil, whose £350,000-a-week deal ends next summer, to take a pay-off and leave sooner.
The German recently annoyed the club by offering to pay the salary of sacked mascot Jerry Quy, who plays the popular Gunnersaurus.
Arsenal sparked a public outcry, and unwittingly created the biggest story of transfer deadline day, after deciding to make their legendary and beloved fan-created mascot redundant in their latest cost-cutting measure.
talkSPORT host Simon Jordan is not convinced by Ozil’s good will, and believes he is merely using the situation to ‘make a point’ and get one over Arsenal as he continues to be frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s team.
“Kindness is a good thing when you do it in a self-effacing way,” the former Crystal Palace chairman told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“But he’s not doing it in a self-effacing way, he’s doing it in a way to make a point with Arsenal.
“And at the same time he’s sitting back and saying: ‘I’m the only one that’s not really prepared to take a pay cut because I don’t trust the people that pay me £300,000-a-week to deploy my money sensibly.
“‘So what I’ll do is, I’ll jump on a cause that will actually make them look bad’.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate. If he wanted to do it, he could have done in on the Q.T.”