Mesut Ozil axed from Arsenal's 25-man Europa League squad as Gunners exile continues

Mesut Ozil axed from Arsenal's 25-man Europa League squad as Gunners exile continues

- Mesut Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since football returned after lockdown

- The German star will not be part of Gunners Europa League squad

- He remains the highest earner at the club smiling home weekly with £350,000

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Mesut Ozil will not be part of the Arsenal squad that will prosecute the Europa League competition this season after the German was not named in the 25-man squad.

Despite earning £350,000 ($454,000) a week as the highest earner at the club, Ozil is one of two senior players who has been cut by boss Mikel Arteta.

The Arsenal manager is left with no choice than to make such a decision as the club has 19 non locally trained players, but Europa League requires 17.

GOAL are also reporting that defender Sokratis has also been left out of the squad, with Ozil yet to feature in any game since football returned after the lockdown.

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The situation doesn’t change as the German remains the club’s highest earner but Arteta is hoping to give some match time to other stars who have not been regular in the Premier League.

And this is coming just a day after the German publicly stated that he will pay Jerry Quy, the man who has played the role of Gunnersaurus - the Arsenal mascot who was earlier relieved of his job due to lack of fans.

Ozil who recently accepted pay cut in his wages stated that he will continue to pay the mascot for as long as he remains a Gunner. He said:

“I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years.
“As such, I’m offering to reimburse Arsenal with the full salary of our big green guy as long as I will be an Arsenal player so Jerry can continue his job that he loves so much.”

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His last game for Arsenal was in their win over West Ham, the final Premier League game before football was suspended in March.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Mohamed Salah exhibited an amazing gesture on the streets of the UK when he saved a homeless man David Craig who was harassed by a group of yobs within a petrol station close to Anfield.

Salah stepped in, warded-off the boys and warned them they could also be in the same situation in the future. After they left, the Liverpool forward then went into the cash machine to withdraw £100 (about N50,000) for the man.

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