Midfielder Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s squad for the forthcoming Europa League campaign. The 31-year-old’s future at the club remains uncertain after being persistently left out of the side by manager Mikel Arteta.
The Germany international has not played for Arsenal since March, and with the signing of Thomas Partey his stay in the club is even more uncertain. Arsenal who are in Group B will start their campaign against Rapid Vienna on the 22nd of October.
The former Atletico Madrid midfielder joined the Gunners on deadline day. There is also no place in Arsenal’s squad for defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos or William Saliba. In addition to Rapid Vienna, the Gunners will also face Irish side Dundalk and Molde from Norway in the group stages.
On Tuesday, Ozil, who joined the club for a then-record £42.4m in 2013 and whose contract is set to expire at the end of this season, said he would pay the salary of the man who plays club mascot Gunnersaurus. It had been revealed that Gunnersaurus actor Jerry Quy was one of 55 people made redundant by the club.