Incoming reports from England indicate that Mesut Ozil will not be in Arsenal’s Europa League squad that will be officially be announced on Thursday.
Ozil 31, has not played for the Gunners since March and his future at the London club remains very uncertain.
Comments made by the Arsenal manager is not even giving any sense of hope for the German as Arteta publicly stated it will be “very difficult” for Ozil to break back into the side.
Ozil, the highest-paid player in Arsenal’s history, played in every Premier League game under Arteta until the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic – and has not featured since.
Asked recently why the World Cup-winner had fallen out of favour, Arteta replied: “The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving.
“This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better.
“We need to keep maintaining that. I’m really happy with the performance here, how difficult they’re making things for the coaching staff to select the squad.”
On Tuesday, Ozil was in the news when he sensationally offered to pay the full wages of Jerry Quy – the man inside Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus mascot costume – to save his job.