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Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by obembet(f): 7:18am On Jun 19, 2020
After seeing Arsenal's restart optimism washed away in a Manchester downpour, Mikel Arteta spoke of needing to 'delete the 3-0 loss from the hard drive'.

Arteta no doubt wishes he could do something similar with Mesut Ozil.

The German didn't even make Arsenal's 20-man squad at the Etihad Stadium with the Gunners manager answering 'tactical reasons' when pressed for an explanation.
Not many words but it spoke volumes for the absurd situation Arsenal find themselves in with a player who costs them a cool £350,000 each and every week yet doesn't even make the squad for one of the biggest games of the season.

With the enforced three-month break promising to throw an element of chaos into the Premier League season, Arsenal might have sniffed an opportunity to inflict a rare defeat on City.

And so, logically, you'd want your top earner and by extension one of your best players, to at least be there on the night.

But no - Ozil wasn't carrying an injury but was left at home anyway. Not trusted to make an impact against City, it would seem.

In truth, Ozil would likely have done little to change a nightmare return that saw a 3-0 defeat compounded by two injuries and David Luiz's kamikaze performance.

It is incredibly difficult to recall the last time he put in a game-changing performance and this season has just underlined why Arsenal need to get him out of their squad and off their wage bill at the earliest opportunity.

In 23 appearances and 1,812 minutes across all competitions this season, Ozil has scored one goal and contributed three assists.

He's made 1,051 passes - an average of 45.7 per match - and a grand total of 20 tackles, which equates to the token effort of almost one per game.

Ozil brings in £350,000 each week and, let's not forget, he was one of the Arsenal players who point-blank refused to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut when the coronavirus shutdown started.

That means in the 45 weeks since Arsenal's season started on August 11, Ozil has cost the club £15.75million in wages alone.
It doesn't take a genius to work out that Ozil is ambling along at a rate of £15.75m per goal this season and £5.25m per assist.

Every pass has cost Arsenal £14,986 and each tackle a whopping £787,500. By the way, 14 of his 17 tackles in Premier League games were fouls.

His 1,812 minutes on the field work out at £8,692 a minute but it's the time when Ozil is sitting idle that must really stick in the craw for Arsenal.

Arsenal have played for 1,968 minutes without Ozil on the pitch, so they've paid him £8,003 per minute for not doing anything while a game has been going on.

During this time he may have been sat on the bench or, as happened frequently under Unai Emery at the beginning of the season, left out of the squad altogether.

Of Arsenal's opening 10 Premier League matches of the season, he was named by Emery in just three squads and played a mere 71 minutes.

There were mitigating circumstances. Over the summer, Ozil and team-mate Sead Kolasinac were ambushed and threatened at knifepoint by attackers on mopeds in north-west London.

He was left out of the Premier League opener against Newcastle amid security concerns but otherwise Ozil was fit and available, just not selected.

Eventually, he returned to Emery's favour in November but produced next to nothing in the games immediately prior to the Spaniard's sacking.

And it's fair to say that Arteta has given Ozil a second chance to reassert his class since coming in. Indeed, Ozil had started every league game under Arteta until Wednesday night.

But decent performances have been few and far between, with just one goal and one assist contributed by a player supposed to turn games in Arsenal's favour.

Ozil is 31 and contracted to Arsenal until next summer. It means this summer will be their last opportunity to make any money on him - or simply save spending on his pay packet.

But nobody seems interested in taking him and his extortionate wages on and Ozil could see out his contract while doing next to nothing at the Emirates.

It now remains to be seen whether Arteta brings him back into the fold having left him out against City. Perhaps his refusal to join team-mates in sacrificing a portion of his salary - Ozil still would have brought home £306,250 a week after the cut - is being punished.

It seems illogical that Arteta would have rested Ozil for winnable upcoming fixtures against Brighton and Southampton when a statement needed to be made against City.

Arsenal's latest financial accounts showed a loss and that was before the cataclysmic impact of Covid-19, which has stripped away matchday revenue for the foreseeable future.

Owner Stan Kroenke and his son Josh, a non-executive director, are known to want to trim the bloated £230m wage bill.

Clearly the best place to start is right at the top. But will Ozil budge anytime soon?

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8435375/amp/Arsenal-paid-Mesut-Ozil-8-000-minute-NOT-playing-season.html

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Liposure: 9:31am On Jun 19, 2020
Earning so much and doing little. Ozil is a scam i swear. The earlier they do away with him the beta 4 arsenal

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Itisallright: 12:56pm On Jun 19, 2020
Ozil is not even bordered of not playing, and he is not even ready to move. Scam at the highest level.... abeg make them free am

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by damaan(m): 12:56pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Itisallright: 12:56pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by AmazingMOG: 12:56pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by NwaNimo1(m): 12:56pm On Jun 19, 2020

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by millionboi(m): 12:57pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Lamasta(m): 12:57pm On Jun 19, 2020
ARSENAL have taken over APC in the blame game....

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Fredlongs(m): 12:57pm On Jun 19, 2020
See as ASSnal de scatter this guy career... My dear Ozil! I still like the guy but he should leave ASSnal coz it's not just about the money

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Huncho19: 12:57pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by etibaba(m): 12:58pm On Jun 19, 2020
Renewing Ozil's contract in 2018 was a terrible mistake by Arsenal's management cos he was finished and had little or nothing more to offer. They only panicked since they felt losing Ozil and Sanchez (2 senior players) same window would hurt the team.

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by jamalnation(m): 12:58pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by ecomalchemist(m): 12:58pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by GeneralPula: 12:58pm On Jun 19, 2020
Ozil right now..

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Sebastine1994(m): 12:59pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Johnkennie(m): 1:00pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by shawnfamous(m): 1:01pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Donmaximum: 1:01pm On Jun 19, 2020
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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by chiiraq802(m): 1:01pm On Jun 19, 2020
Liposure:
Earning so much and doing little. Ozil is a scam i swear. The earlier they do away with him the beta 4 arsenal
Scam aside recent form,
Broski!!! Ozil is good.
Arsenal did not offer him such contract under duress.

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Mikkymilli: 1:02pm On Jun 19, 2020
Players i want to leave Arsenal:
Ozil
David Luiz
Mustafi
Maitland Niles

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Re: Arsenal Have Paid Mesut Ozil £8,000 A Minute For NOT Playing This Season by Samirana360(m): 1:02pm On Jun 19, 2020
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