Mesut Ozil names his dream five-a-side team as Arsenal exile continues
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Since Mikel Arteta's decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of his squads for the Premier League and Europa League, the German's role has been reduced to a social media cheerleader.
Ozil has made it clear that he still wishes to be a part of the setup at Arsenal, despite his Gunners contract expiring at the end of the season.
However, Arteta has deemed him surplus to requirements at the Emirates and his next competitive action for the club will come in January, at the earliest.
That hasn't stopped the 32-year-old supporting his teammates from afar, regularly posting messages before and after games, as well as interacting with fans.
Mesut Ozil will not play a competitive fixture for the Gunners until at least January
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Earlier this week, Ozil hopped on the latest Twitter trend, posting, "London is red", with the tag "Official sources stated that this is true", after the social media platform cracked down on anti-truth posts.
And on Thursday, in a way to garner some debate with his 25million followers, the Arsenal midfielder asked people for their dream five-a-side-team, using only one active player from each country.
However, on this occasion he snubbed his Gunners teammates, naming Gianluigi Buffon in goal, Real Madrid star Marcelo at the back, Luka Modric in midfield, with Karim Benzema and Manchester United hero Marcus Rashord up front.
Many in the comments asked why he hadn't included any Arsenal players, but he has yet to respond.
Ozil was a surprise inclusion in Arsenal's team photo, released earlier this week. The 2020-21 squad photo was released much later than usual, with the club normally sharing it with fans after transfer deadline day.
But the exiled midfielder was spotted on the socially distanced photo, along with the likes of Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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"Traditionally, we usually have the men's first team photocall after transfer deadline day in September but of course we had to postpone that this year", Arsenal's Head of Communications, Dan Tolhurst, said.
"This year we're doing it slightly differently. We're shooting from a cherry picker, all the players are going to be socially distanced.
This is because this time will be out of the player's usual training schedule."
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