Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad for the 20/21 campaign.

The 31-year-old has not played for the Gunners since March and his future at the club has been in doubt for some time, with boss Mikel Arteta recently saying it has been “very difficult” for Ozil to break back into the side.

Ozil, the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history, played in every Premier League game under Arteta until the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic – and has not featured since.

He misses out on the squad alongside centre-backs Sokratis, who was expected to leave the club in the summer window, and William Saliba, who has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League since joining from Saint Etienne.

Asked recently why the World Cup-winner had fallen out of favour, Arteta replied: “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. Continue reading

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