Mesut Ozil and Sokratis suffer latest Arsenal snub as Mesut Arteta picks 25-man Europa League squad


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.

Has Ozil played his last game for Arsenal?

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Has Ozil played his last game for Arsenal?

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.

The future looks bleak at Arsenal for Sokratis

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The future looks bleak at Arsenal for Sokratis

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.

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“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.”

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