London (AP) – Former German soccer world champion Mesut Özil of Arsenal FC will not be used at the start of the new season in the English Premier League.
The 31-year-old midfielder was missing from the London squad on Saturday for the game against Fulham (1.30 p.m. / Sky).
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta had previously given Ozil little hope of a mission. “There are no updates,” said Spaniard Arteta when asked about the 2014 World Champion on Friday. “We have some really good players in many different positions. Some are complicated and of course we have clubs interested in our players. It is very difficult to promise players playing time or a permanent seat. “
It has long been known that Arsenal wants to get rid of their top earner, whose contract will run until the summer of 2021. Ozil has categorically ruled out an early departure. It has not been used since its interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic.