Arsenal’s top earner Mesut Ozil will not play in their game against Champions Liverpool on Wednesday due to back soreness.
This will be the sixth consecutive fixture the German midfielder will miss due to that problem.
The news means that Mesut Ozil who is on 350,000-a-week deal has not kicked a ball for the Gunners in any game since the Premier League’s restart on June 17.
Although the midfielder was on the bench for Arsenal in their games against Brighton and Southampton, his services was not required on the pitch and was not called upon to feature.
Questions have been raised about the absence of Arsenal’s highest paid player in the team with speculations arising that the club’s high hierarchy are keen to cut off the wages of the German midfielder off the books.
Ozil has played in 23 matches for Arsenal scoring just one and assisting three times this season and find himself in the final year of his contract with Arsenal.
His recurrent decline in form over the recent years has been a worry for Arsenal and this season again he has struggled to find his form but earlier this month, manager Arteta insisted there is a place for Mesut Ozil at the club.
‘There is always a place for a player of his quality,’ Arteta said. ‘Players can adapt to different systems and we can adapt systems for different players.
‘Sometimes it is not just about what we want to play or how we want to play, sometimes we have to try to field the players that we have available in the right moments, in the right positions, to perform and be comfortable on the pitch to do what we require them to do.’