Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s latest Mesut Ozil decision is saving Gunners big money

Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil is well down the pecking order at the Emirates and Mikel Arteta choosing not to use the Gunners star is actually helping the club financially. That’s because the German has a number of appearance-based bonuses in his contract.

Arsenal were hoping to move Ozil on this summer but were unable to make any deal stick with suitors few and far between.

The former Real Madrid man has not featured in the Premier League this season for Arteta.

That’s despite the 31-year-old regularly playing for Arsenal at the end of last season following the restart of top-flight action.

The signing of Thomas Partey further underlines how Ozil is suprlus to requirements at the Emirates.

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The Athletic claim that with the World Cup winner not playing for Arsenal the club are saving a significant amount of money based on the appearance bonuses in his contract.

However, the Gunners did just have to pay out £8million to Ozil at the end of September as a loyalty bonus had been reached.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has opened up on the German midfielde and believes he is wasted by staying at Arsenal.

He told BBC Sport: “I feel it is a waste for him.

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“Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most.

“And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.

“The way football is going at the moment it’s quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same.

“It’s kicked out players like Ozil. Although let’s not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.

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“He’s been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”

Arsenal return to action on Saturday evening when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Gunners will look to continue their good start to the season and prove they are legitimate title contenders.

Following that match Arteta’s side turn their attention to the Europa League when they begin their campaign next Thursday.

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