Mesut Ozil faces Arsenal exile until the new year with Mikel Arteta set to leave £350,000-a-week misfit OUT of his 25-man Premier League squad
- Mesut Ozil has not played a single minute for Arsenal in seven months
- And he is expected to be left out of Mikel Arteta’s 25-man Premier League squad
- It would mean that midfielder would be left out in the cold until the new year
Mesut Ozil has been given no assurances he will be included in Arsenal’s Premier League squad next week.
Ozil has not played for the club since March but manager Mikel Arteta explained he and defender Sokratis were omitted from his Europa League plans so his squad could comply with UEFA rules.
Arteta is facing the same headache ahead of naming his 25-man Premier League squad on Tuesday, with his group containing 19 foreign players, two more than they are allowed to register.
Mesut Ozil is not expected to be included in Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad
Asked if Ozil would be in it, Arteta sidestepped the question, saying: ‘He wasn’t the only one who was not in the Europa League squad.
‘It is a difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad, where they know they cannot get involved, is tough.
‘I don’t like it at all, but unfortunately the decision has to be made because we have an excess of foreign players.’
Arteta, whose side return to league action against Manchester City on Saturday, told Ozil and Sokratis face-to-face they were being left out and hinted they have two months to prove him wrong as he can tinker with his squad in January.
Arteta said: ‘They have to respect that decision, try to train the best possible way, help the team as best they can and see what happens.’
Mikel Arteta said Ozil will have to respect his decision and try to prove him wrong if he’s left out