A report has revealed that Mesut Ozil was paid a huge loyalty bonus by Arsenal in September despite not playing for the club this season.
Ozil has not played for the Gunners since March and his future at the club has been in doubt for some time.
The German is the highest paid player in Arsenal’s history and the fact he has been ostracised has been something of a mystery.
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He played in every Premier League game under Mikel Arteta until the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic – and has not featured for Arsenal since.
There have been rumours he could still leave Arsenal with Saudi Arabia apparently interested in paying him a lucrative salary to play in their league.
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And now David Ornstein in The Athletic claims that Ozil – who refused a 12.5 per cent pay cut during lockdown – was paid ‘a loyalty bonus amounting to around £8 million’ at the ‘end of September’.
The report adds that the huge loyalty bonus ‘may have influenced Arsenal’s desire to shift Ozil in the summer transfer window’.
Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half year deal in January 2018 with the club ‘saving significant sums of money in appearance-related bonuses while Ozil is not involved’.