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The staggering amount that Arsenal are paying Mesut Ozil to sit out games under Unai Emery

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has the 10th highest salary in European football, according to a report in L'Equipe.


Ozil sits 10th on the list with a gross monthly salary of £1.4million having agreed a £350,000-a-week deal last January when Arsene Wenger was still at the club.


The decision to reward him with a new three-year contract until the summer of 2021 has hamstrung Arsenal in the transfer market, with the Gunners only able to bring in fringe Barcelona player Denis Suarez on loan during the January transfer window due to their austerity.


 

That has been as a result of the decision to extend Ozil's deal, in addition to giving big contracts to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and splashing out more than £100m on both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.


The 30-year-old German has played 14 Premier League matches for Arsenal this season, netting three goals; but his future under Unai Emery remains in doubt.


He was missing once again for the Gunners in their victory over Huddersfield Town due to a reported illness.


Emery last spoke about Ozil after the 2-0 win over Chelsea, a game in which Ozil failed to appear.


 

"Today he was OK to play but we decided not to play him. I spoke with him," he said.


"I wanted him to be ready for the match today and for the next matches with the spirit like all the players in the team.


Mesut Ozil in action.

"Today I have the confidence with him if he played. I think he could do like we wanted. The next matches we are going to need every player and also his quality."


Former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez, who left in the January Ozil renewed his contract in, also features on the list at number eight with £2m as a gross monthly salary.


Kylian Mbappe, former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi complete the 10-man list.


 

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