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Confirmed: Four big names left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad

Four big names have been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad, it has now been confirmed.

See the official UEFA website as the Gunners put together their line up of players eligible to take part in this season’s Europa League, with no place for Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, William Saliba or Gabriel Martinelli.

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The latter of those, Martinelli, misses out due to injury for the moment, but it’s a big call from manager Mikel Arteta to axe Ozil, Sokratis and Saliba.

Ozil has been a long-serving member of the Arsenal first-team, and was at one point one of the finest creative players in world football after a fine career with Real Madrid and the German national team.

Now, however, he’s been totally frozen out by Arteta and seemingly doesn’t even stand a chance of playing in some of the less important games for the north Londoners.

Sokratis is also an experienced defender who surely has something to offer, even if only as a backup player, while promising youngster Saliba may also be disappointed that he’s not being considered for these games.

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10 Comments

  1. gbenga says:

    This pains deeply. still cant understand why Ozil is being treated this way.

    1. proudgunner says:

      team selection is based on commitment and effort in training, that transfers to the game. I have yet to see Ozil put effort in on the pitch
      so that leads me to believe that his efforts and commitment in training are non existent, i hope that helps you to relieve the pain

    2. Gabriel Hense says:

      The board of arsenal,they must do something on ozil.ozil s more creative midfielder he can create more chances than any middfieder in arsenal.

  2. Steve says:

    Ozil can’t be earning 350,000 pounds a week without making any contributions to Arsenal. While he can plead a valid contract, Arsenal has done and said enough to Ozil to find another club. Himself and his agent won’t even try to make an effort to leave Arsenal. Everything has a breathing and an end. Ozil has played his card and he ought to have smelled the coffee. It’s a shame. No sympathy for him the way he has treated Arsenal.

  3. Rashid Ahmed says:

    Martinelli and Saliba???
    What if Martinelli is back from injury…
    Arteta gave explanation about Saliba but to my surprise his not in the submitted squard.
    What is happening at Arsenal behind the scene..

    1. Scott Foster says:

      If Martinelli is back from injury in the expected timeframe, he will probably be registered after the group stages (when clubs can adjust the squad registration). As for Saliba, the interviews so far seem to indicate they want him to get PL game time so he can adjust to the league, so I expect he will be loaned to a PL club by the time the deadline comes around. We all know by now, I think, why no Ozil…

    2. John says:

      Martinelli will be back from injury toward the end of the year…Arsenal will have played all group games by then. Another list for the knock out stages will be provided after the winter transfer window.

  4. A Wenger says:

    You would think for £350k a week he could put on the gunnersauraus costume at least.

  5. godfrey says:

    this treatment of others inst fine at all at least there are leagues that some players have to be considered for there is a mistake initiated by Emery of not playing other players but arteta knows the is masterclass squad to win him the premier league this season

  6. Olugboyega Folasayo says:

    I can understand Martinelli and Saliba due injury . It will take at least this transfer window for them to get back into fitness but Ozil don’t get that . With all the money he is getting , why we don’t just play in the Europa and league cup

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