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Ozil had not featured for Arsenal this season even before that episode, but it may have served as the final nail in the coffin when it came to leaving him out of their Premier League and Europa League squads entirely.
There may well be more that has happened behind the scenes that is yet to come to light and multiple factors might be at play, but right now the situation paints Arsenal in either a cowardly – if they cowed to their Chinese sponsors – or a vindictive light.
For the immediate future, Ozil will only be eligible to play first-team football in the Carabao Cup when it resumes in December or the FA Cup, which the Gunners will enter in January.
Arsenal will be able to submit updated squads in the Premier League and Europa League after the January window has closed, but Ozil probably shouldn’t hold his breath.
By Chris Simpson