Outcast Mesut Ozil paid £8million loyalty bonus by Arsenal

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 03, 2020 in St Albans, England.
Ozil has been handed a loyalty bonus (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

Mesut Ozil may not have played a minute of football for Arsenal since Project Restart but he was still handed an £8million loyalty bonus last month, reports claim.

Despite being the club’s highest-paid player, Ozil has been cast aside by Gunners boss MIkel Arteta and he wasn’t even registered for their Europa League squad.

Arsenal were keen to move him on this summer but the Germany international has been insistent that he wants to see out the final year of his contract.

While the Gunners are keen for him to leave, they still were forced to pay him a significant sum after a loyalty bonus was placed into his 2018 contract extension, according to The Athletic.

When signing a new three-and-a-year deal that January, Arsenal were determined to keep the German World Cup winner and handed him a heavily incentivised deal worth £350,000-a-week.

Although Arsenal chiefs had to fork out £8m for him staying at the club, they are saving significant sums of money by not playing Ozil.

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Arteta has frozen Ozil out (Picture: Pool/Getty)

His contract contains appearance-related bonuses, which he is not receiving while on the sidelines.

Whether he plays again for Arsenal remains to be seen.

Having already been left out of the Europa League squad, he could find himself out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad.

Arsenal will submit their squad list ahead of October 20 once the domestic transfer window has shut.

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