Why isn't Mesut Ozil playing for Arsenal? 5 possible reasons for his exclusion

Mesut Ozil
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Since Mesut Ozil first joined Arsenal in 2013, the headlines have never been far away from the German playmaker. His inclusion in the Arsenal side seemed to divide attention both at the Gunners’ best and worst - now he’s banished from the squad, he still can’t get away from those pesky spotlights.

Mikel Arteta’s side have struggled to create chances in recent months. With the attacking thrust shared among other players in the side such as Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, many fans still question why Ozil - who played regularly under Arteta at the start of the season - has been excluded from the Premier League and Europa League squads.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.