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Mesut Ozil "To Be Left Out" Of Arsenal's Premier League Squad Despite Earning £350,000-Per-Week

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Mesut Ozil "To Be Left Out" Of Arsenal's Premier League Squad Despite Earning £350,000-Per-Week

Mesut Ozil is set to be left out of Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad, despite earing £350,000-per-week.

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Mikel Arteta need to trim his squad and it must contain a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players.

Arsenal currently have 19 non-homegrown players registered and the Evening Standard state it will be Ozil and defender Sokratis who miss out.

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They failed to sell a number of players in the summer and sealed a deadline day deal for Thomas Partey.

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It means Ozil could be out of action until January and it's a sad fall from grace for a man who was once a world beater.

The 32-year-old's contract is up next summer, but he is adamant he can force his way back into the first team.

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Current Arsenal academy coach Per Mertesacker, who is a former teammate of Ozil's, told the Klick and Rush podcast his exile isn't due to performances on the pitch.

"He got married, has a family... perhaps his focus has changed," he begun per The Sun.

"Nevertheless, he is still happy and happy to play football.

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"He's the only player I've played with for three teams - Bremen, Arsenal and also Germany.

"So I'm very sorry that he's currently in a situation where he's not really used."

While most managers will find it easy to select their teams later today, Arteta admitted it was a difficult task last month.

"I'm really happy with all the boys and the way they're training.

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"But selection is getting more complicated and with this new rule of just having only 18 players in the squad makes it very difficult."

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Ozil starred for Arsenal in his early days at the club after sealing a £42.5 million transfer from Real Madrid.

He recorded an incredible 19 assists in the 2015/16 season and was involved in an impressive 17 goals in the following Premier League campaign.

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the German's talent is being wasted.

"I feel it is a waste for him," he told the BBC. "Firstly because he's in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.

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"And it's a waste for the club as well because he's a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.

"The way football is going at the moment it's quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same. It's kicked out players like Ozil. Although let's not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.

"He's been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again."

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