Arsenal Manager Mirkel Arteta has sensationally dropped German midfielder Mesut Ozil, out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad.
The North London outfit were required to name their 25-man contingent for the group stages of the European competition to UEFA today.
Others who did not make it to the list include Sokratis and William Saliba.
The move by Arsenal to leave their highest-paid player is a damning statement yet from Arteta regarding his future at the club with his current deal running until the end of the season.
And the arrival of Thomas Partey on deadline day from Atletico Madrid has only worsened the situation for Ozil.
UEFA rules state that a club’s ‘A list’ can contain a maximum of 25 players – including two goalkeepers – with a minimum of eight places for ‘locally-trained players’.
If a squad is submitted with fewer than eight locally-trained players, then the maximum number of players on the ‘A list’ must be reduced accordingly.
Ozil has not featured for the Gunners since lockdown in March but has signalled he intends to remain at the club until his contract expires next summer.
He made headlines this week for offering to pay the wages of Gunnersaurus after the club controversially axed their mascot as a cost-cutting measure.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have been starved of title glory for a long time but things could be changing as a new-look Arsenal side plot a course to success.
Arsenal’s Europa League Squad
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Runar Runarsson, Matt Macey, James Hillson, Dejan Iliev
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney
Midfielders: Dani Ceballos, Willian, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka
Forwards: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe