Mesut Ozil ‘received £8m loyalty bonus from Arsenal at the end of September’… despite having not played a game for the Gunners in more than SEVEN months
- Mesut Ozil has not played a game for Arsenal in seven months, since March 7
- The German playmaker is the club’s highest earner on £350,000 a week
- But as a result of his contract signed in January 2018, he has picked up a bonus
- The reported sum of £8m comes as the Gunners look to rip up his current deal
Mesut Ozil reportedly received a staggering £8million loyalty bonus from Arsenal at the end of last month despite his continued exile from the first-team.
The German playmaker is the club’s highest earner, on £350,000 a week, but has not featured for Mikel Arteta’s side since March 7, pre-lockdown.
In fact, Ozil has not even been named in a matchday squad yet this season but as a result of his new contract signed in January 2018, he received a sum of £8m in September in the form of a loyalty bonus, according to The Athletic.
Mesut Ozil reportedly received an £8m loyalty bonus from Arsenal at the end of September
The German received the sum despite not featuring for the Gunners since before lockdown
It is thought that the flat fee, with his deal due to expire next summer, was a contributing factor in Ozil deciding to stay put during the summer transfer window.
Sportsmail understands the club are looking to hold talks with Ozil over ripping up his enormous contract before the January transfer window.
The 31-year-old, who was the club’s record signing when he moved from Real Madrid for £42.5m in 2013, was left out of Arteta’s squad for the Europa League group stage last week.
It remains to be seen whether Ozil will be includes in the Gunners’ Premier League squad, which must be confirmed by October 20.
But his exile from the first-team picture looks set to continue, with the Gunners reportedly saving money with appearance-bonuses not currently being met.
Ozil is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans and was left out of his Europa League squad last week
Arsenal have been looking to offload the German World Cup winner, with latest reports stating Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr made a £5m bid for Ozil in the summer, but the player himself did not want to ply his trade in Asia.
According to Tyc Sports, Ozil has been offered a way out by Al-Nassr but is not prepared to accept the two-year deal put forward by the Saudi club.
The German has repeatedly maintained he is happy in London even if he is left out of the team by Arteta, who he played alongside in the red half of north London between 2013 and 2016.
Asked why the World Cup winner had fallen out of favour, Arteta replied at the end of last month: ‘The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving.
Ozil is continuing to train regularly with the Gunners but is not getting a look-in on matchday
‘This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better…
‘You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it’s very difficult every week not for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.
‘Of course I understand and I respect your questions but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.’
The exiled German has also offered to pay the wages of Gunnersaurus after the Arsenal mascot was sacked by the club last week.
The 31-year-old has reportedly been offered the chance to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr
Meanwhile ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who bought Ozil seven years ago, recently insisted that Arteta could get the best out of the playmaker, if he puts defensive-minded players alongside him.
‘He wasn’t exactly the one with the greatest discipline on the pitch,’ Wenger told German outlet Der Spiegel. ‘And playing the game without the ball wasn’t exactly his forte.
‘But you can deal with that if you put some more defensively minded players by his side. The main thing is to get the balance between attack and defence right.’
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