Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is set for more misery at the Emirates by being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad, according to reports.
The German playmaker is yet to play a single minute of action in any competition for the Gunners this season having fallen out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta, with the 32-year-old, who earns £350,000-a-week, failing to impress.
But now he is set to sink to a new low in his exile from the team, with the Spanish boss preparing to leave him out of his domestic squad, according to reports reaching MCI.
Arsenal will submit their list of players on Tuesday, with Ozil set to join centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos in being omitted, the report adds.
Ozil had been hoping to make a comeback in the Gunners side this season but he looks set for no competitive football until the transfer window opens in January.
The Premier League only allow a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in each squad, with Arsenal possessing 19 – meaning they are forced to cut two stars from their list.
Ozil, who has 254 appearances for Arsenal, hasn’t played for the club since before the Premier League restart in March and his current deal expires next summer.
If his exclusion is confirmed, it would cap a miserable few months for the midfielder, who joined for a then-club record of £42.5million in 2013.
He has already been axed from Arteta’s Europa League squad and came under fire when he refused to take a pay cut during lockdown.
His exit appears to be inevitable, with club legends weighing into the saga and casting doubt on his future. Former striker Kevin Campbell called him ‘yesterday’s news’ and claimed there was ‘no chance’ he would feature for the club ever again.
‘There have been certain things that have gone on, instances where he has gone against the club, so I don’t see where there is any room for him to come back,’ he told Genting Bet last week.
Meanwhile, legendary centre-back Martin Keown said Ozil’s stand-off with the club ‘cannot go on forever’ and admitted it seemed unlikely that there was a way back under Arteta.