mesut Ozil

The Arsenal team to face Man City has been announced and the big surprise was that Mikel Arteta has not only dropped Mesut Ozil from the starting eleven but from the entire matchday squad.

Obviously this got social media going into meltdown with wild speculation over why the German was left out.

Well, a number of prominent Arsenal related journalists have confirmed that Ozil was left out purely for footballing reasons.

Though it should also be noted that only one of the starting eleven is out of contract this summer and that is Pablo Mari who is likely to be signed on a permanent basis.

That said, Mesut Ozil does still have a year left on his contract.

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