Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been left out of the club's Europa League squad of the 2020/21 season, causing a massive uproar amongst the supporters on Twitter.
Ozil has had issues in getting back into the side since last playing for the club in March, and even the manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted that it'd be difficult for him in near future. "We are picking the players that we believe are the best for each game," said Arteta in September. Ozil, who is Arsenal's highest-paid player, was integral to Arteta's plan, having played in every Premier League under the Spaniard until the season was put to halt due to the global pandemic.
He is, however, isn't the only player from the senior team to be left out as the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and William Saliba aren't named as well. Saliba, in fact, is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League since joining from Saint Etienne.
Ozil's current £350,000-a-week deal with Arsenal expires next year and despite staying put in the recently concluded transfer window, he is rightly expected to depart next year. Furthermore, while the trio has been left out, new signing Thomas Partey - who arrived from Atletico Madrid in the final day of the window - has been included.
Arsenal Europa League squad: Bernd Leno, Runar Runarsson, Matt Macey, James Hillson, Dejan Iliev; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney; Dani Ceballos, Willian, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe.
Ozil's exclusion, meanwhile, wasn't taken well by the club faithful and this is how they are reacting to the news:
Going to Youtube to watch Ozil. I hate this Arsenal Board😔— Fola (@manlikefola_) October 8, 2020
The Ozil thing in simple.— CraigMealy (@CraigMealy) October 8, 2020
We won’t be renewing his contract and Arteta is building his side for the future.
What’s the point in picking someone for 8 months to then have to change it all up.
We should be more excited for prospects like Saka and focus our energy on them. 🔴⚪️
Official.. Ozil not in Europa League squad. And no its not unfair. 3 transfer windows club asked him to leave. He didn't. Sit at home.— Aneesh Chandoke (@AneeshChandoke) October 8, 2020
The way Arsenal are treating Ozil is wrong man— Awon Area boys (@DejlosoX2) October 8, 2020
This Ozil wank fest is embarrassing, to be dropped by 2 managers and frozen out isn’t a coincidence, Ozil is the common issue, quicker he goes the quicker the circus ends.— Nathan🔴⚪🔴 (@MinasNathan99) October 8, 2020
Arsenal have left Ozil and Sokratis out of the Europa League squad for the group stage— Kelewele Joint 🍟 (@Ankamagyimi) October 7, 2020
For Sokratis I don’t care but Özil?
The way Arsenal are treating Ozil is really embarrassing 🤦🏻♂️
Ozil decided to be committed and stay at Arsenal just for them to eliminate him from Europa squad. He’s had enough already at the club. He will always be one of the greatest 👏— Sb k. GYESi🇬🇭🦍 (@_gyesi) October 8, 2020