How much Arsenal will save per game after leaving Mesut Ozil out of squad

Arsenal could save an estimated £35,000 for every game that Mesut Ozil doesn’t play in after leaving the German midfielder out of their Premier League squad this season, it has been reported.

Ozil was left “deeply disappointed” after being axed from Mikel Arteta’s squad this week, having also failed to make it into his 25-man Europa League squad.

It means the £350,000-a-week star is unlikely to feature for Arsenal again until January at least, when he will be expected to find a new club.

According to The Athletic, Ozil’s ongoing omission could see the Gunners pocket around £35,000 per game.

A proportion of the 32-year-old’s earnings is performance-related, which he cannot collect after being excluded from the first team.

That means Arsenal are set to rake in around £600,000 by omitting Ozil from their Premier League and Europa League squads between now and the January transfer window.

And after failing to secure a move over the summer, he may not even depart the Emirates at the turn of the year.

Ozil will be eligible to negotiate a free move abroad when the winter window does open, which would seem the most likely outcome unless he receives unexpected interest from a club who want to prise him away from the Emirates immediately.

After being snubbed by Arteta this week, the former Real Madrid man hit out at a lack of "loyalty" in north London.

In a heartfelt statement posted on Twitter, Ozil said: “This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I've not played for over the past few years.

“I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I've not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being.

“Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated.

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“As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays. I've always tried to remain positive from week to week that there's maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That is why I kept silent so far.

“Before the Coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we've been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a good level. But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal.”

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