Mesut Ozil ruled out for sixth consecutive match with ‘back soreness’ as he will miss clash against champions Liverpool… with Arsenal’s highest paid player yet to feature since the restart
- Arsenal’s highest paid player Mesut Ozil will not feature in Liverpool encounter
- It is the sixth successive match that he has been unable to play due to back issue
- The midfielder has not played any minutes for Gunners since league resumed
Arsenal’s highest paid player Mesut Ozil will not feature in their clash against champions Liverpool after being ruled out with ‘back soreness’.
It is the sixth successive match that the 31-year-old midfielder has been unable to play due to the problem.
Tuesday’s news means that Ozil, who is on a £350,000-a-week deal, has not played any minutes for the Gunners since the Premier League restarted on June 17.
Mesut Ozil will not feature in their clash against champions Liverpool due to ‘back soreness’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta did have Ozil as an option on the bench towards the end of June in games against Brighton and Southampton but he was not called upon.
The relationship between the club and player appears to be tense with the Arsenal hierarchy keen to have his wages off the books.
Ozil, who has scored just one goal and supplied three assists in 23 matches this season, has entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta insisted there is a place for the playmaker at the club earlier this month
He has significantly struggled for form this campaign to continue a pattern of decline in recent years but Arteta insisted there is a place for the playmaker at the club earlier this month.
‘There is always a place for a player of his quality,’ Arteta said. ‘Players can adapt to different systems and we can adapt systems for different players.
‘Sometimes it is not just about what we want to play or how we want to play, sometimes we have to try to field the players that we have available in the right moments, in the right positions, to perform and be comfortable on the pitch to do what we require them to do.’
Ozil has not played any minutes for the Gunners since the Premier League restarted on June 17
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