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Arsenal news: Per Mertesacker suggests family is behind Mesut Ozil’s demise

Mesut Ozil has not played a single minute for Arsenal yet this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Per Mertesacker believes Mesut Ozil has lost focus at Arsenal due to family commitments, which is why he finds himself ostracised at the club.

Ozil has not played a single minute for Arsenal so far this season, in fact he has not even appeared on the substitute’s bench in any competition.

The 32-year-old is into the last year of his contract at the Emirates, with the club unable to sell him over the summer and shed his vast £350,000-a-week wages.

The former Real Madrid man has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad and could even be cut from their 25-man Premier League squad, which will be confirmed on 20 October.

Mertesacker, who is manager of the Arsenal Academy and a compatriot of Ozil, believes that his family circumstances could be behind the sad end to his Arsenal career.

The former centre-back insists Ozil is still willing and able to play, but his focus is elsewhere.

‘A lot has changed away from the field,’ Mertesacker told the Klick and Rush podcast. ‘He got married, has a family. Perhaps his focus has changed. Nevertheless, he is still happy and…