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Mesut Ozil and Sokratis left out of Arsenal Europa League squad

Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil and defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos have not been included in Arsenal’s squad for the Europa League group-stage.

Ozil, the club’s highest earner on £350,000 a week, has not played for the Gunners since March and has been a part of just two matchday squads post-lockdown.

Greek defender Sokratis, meanwhile, is also yet to feature this season and the exiled pair have not been selected in Mikel Arteta’s 25-man European squad.

The omission comes as Arsenal renew their attempts to reach a pay-off agreement with Ozil, who has been frozen out by manager Arteta.

Ozil’s £350,000 a week deal expires next summer though he can’t join a new club in Europe until January, complicating Arsenal’s hopes of persuading him to leave now the summer window has closed.

Both Ozil and Sokratis have fallen out of favour under Arteta, despite playing regularly under the Spaniard before the coronavirus lockdown hit.

Ozil was in the news on Tuesday as he handed Arsenal a dilemma by offering to dip into his own pocket to keep the man inside their Gunnersaurus mascot costume in a job while he remains at the club.

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