Arsenal's Ozil has been dropped from Europa League squad
Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have been dropped by Arsenal from the Europa League group stage.
The decision to remove Ozil is the latest step back in an attempt to revive the 31-year-old's career at the club and is the clearest sign that he is no longer part of Mikel Arteta's plan.
Ozil has not played any competitions since March 7 but has resisted the club's attempts to switch him this summer as they seek to reduce his £ 350,000-a-week salary.
However, as ESPN revealed in June, Ozil is determined to watch the final year of his contract create a stalemate that has worsened as he is not among the 25-man group that qualified to play. for Arsenal in Europe until knockout. loops.
With top clubs able to buy players from the lower domestic leagues until October 16, Arsenal have a deadline until October 20 to confirm a 25-man squad in the Premier League.
The rule states that only 17 non-homegrown players can be included and Ozil's exile time will increase significantly if he is not registered in the Premier League.
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Ozil started Arteta's first 10 games before being locked nationally in March but then refused to join the rest of the first team due to a 12.5% pay cut and has since been dropped from the squad. day of competition.
However, Ozil offered to pay Jerry Quy, who took on the role of Gunnersaurus mascot for 27 years, after Arsenal confirmed he was redundant while fans were no longer allowed to go to the stadium.
Sokratis is also in the final year of his contract and has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Roma or Napoli.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are "seeking advice" after Kieran Tierney was asked to quarantine himself for 14 days after his Scottish colleague, Stuart Armstrong, tested positive for COVID-19. Tierney is one of four members believed to be closely related to Armstrong but Arsenal believes he has adhered to the rules of social distancing in addition to a triple negative test.
The defender, who has also carried out an antibody test showing he is not infected with the virus, will miss Arsenal's trip to Manchester City on October 17 when everything is fine.
In another case, Arsenal's Hale End Academy was closed after an employee gave a positive result.
“The test was positive at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and the staff immediately left the site to quarantine themselves,” the club said in a statement.
"Consequently, the other six members of the staff are currently isolated themselves and we have begun to monitor and monitor the entire site.
" We are working through the CCTV system and attendance records on site. to continue the tracking and tracing process. Our Hale End Academy is currently closed on Thursday, October 8 for deep cleaning.
"After Thursday, we will review our coaching plans at Hale End accordingly and will fully inform all staff, parents and young players. The health and safety of all. People on all of our sites are our top concern. Neither of our male or female team members have been affected. "