Mesut Ozil unlikely to play for Arsenal again after Europa League snub

Mesut Ozil has almost certainly played his last game for Arsenal after his bombshell omission from their Europa League squad.

Misfit Ozil, the club’s highest-paid player on £350,000-a-week, has not played for the Gunners since March.

And his name was absent from the 25-man Arsenal squad submitted to UEFA yesterday ahead of games against Rapid Vienna, Dundalk and Molde.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta also left misfit defender Sokratis and youngster William Saliba off the list.

Sokratis saw a move to Napoli collapse before the transfer window shut, while Saliba has been offered on loan to several Championship clubs, including Brentford.

Arsenal want Ozil gone and after failing to find a buyer, are exploring the possibility of paying off his contract, which has one year to run.

The 31-year-old World Cup winner, who joined the club in a £42.4m deal in 2013, has yet to feature in a matchday squad this season.

He is also set to be left out of their Premier League squad, which must be finalised on October 20.

Premier League rules mean clubs are only allowed to pick 17 players defined as “non-homegrown” and Arsenal have too many in that category.

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Ozil courted controversy this week by offering to save Jerry Quy, the man behind the club’s Gunnersaurus mascot, who has been made redundant.

The former Germany star went on Twitter offering to pay Quy’s wages “as long as I will be an Arsenal player…”

But despite once claiming “I will decide when I go, not other people”, Ozil’s days at the club are numbered, with a move to MLS his most likely option.

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