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Arsenal to exclude Ozil from Europa League list

Mesut Ozil, Europa League
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Mesut Ozil is set to miss out on Arsenal’s Europa League action after being axed by the manager Mikel Arteta.

Despite being the club’s highest earner, Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since March. Indeed, his future in north London has been hanging in the balance for some time now.

After being frozen out of the squad by Mikel Arteta, the 31-year-old made a gesture many have thought would help him re-establish himself at the Emirates.

Two days ago, the German playmaker offered to pay the full salary of Jerry Quy – Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus mascot – to save his job.

Quy was relieved of his duties after 27 years of service as the coronavirus crisis put the squeeze on the Gunners’ finances.

However, instead of being rewarded for his acts, Ozil is set to be axed from Arsenal’s Europa League squad, as per the FourFourTwo.

Arteta’s final list will be announced on Thursday, with the former Real Madrid star and Sokratis Papastathopoulos expected to remain outside of it.

The Spanish manager has recently hailed his team’s aspirations of evolving, which is one of the reasons Ozil has become a fringe player at Arsenal.

“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.

“We need to keep maintaining that. I’m really happy with the performance here, how difficult they’re making things for the coaching staff to select the squad.”