Mikel Arteta remains open to bringing Mesut Ozil back into his Arsenal plans.
The German midfielder has slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates and risked further discontent by publicly stating that he would be willing to pay the wages of sacked mascot Gunnersaurus.
The World Cup winning midfielder was even left out of their squad to feature in the Europa League group stages, despite his mammoth wages of £350,000-a-week.
Technical director Edu has since revealed that Ozil would have been aware of that decision in good time.
Mesut Ozil has been all smiles in training despite his lack of playing time
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It had been reported that the club are set to re-open talks about paying Ozil to leave early, but that has now been questioned by a report that claims the club are not considering the pay off.
ESPN have stated that no talks over the immediate future of the 31-year-old have taken place, and that Ozil is focused on breaking back into Arteta’s team in the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
Despite being a key member of the squad before the recent lockdown, the former Real Madrid man could have harmed his chances by refusing to take a 12.5% pay cut.
Edu had said of the Europa League decision: He said: “We needed to manage the number of foreign players in the squad because we are only allowed to have 17 on our list.
Mikel Arteta has surprisingly decided to leave Mesut Ozil out of his Europa League squad
“I talked to Mikel about the players who were probably going to be left out and we discussed how to treat that challenging situation.
“The way we did it was to sit down with the players concerned and to be open with them and I also spoke to their agents.
The only way to do that was face-to-face and to clearly explain why Mikel has made that decision. And I think we did it…