Neither Mesut Ozil or Sokratis will not feature for Arsenal in the Europa League group stages after being left off the squad list registered with UEFA.
The Gunners had hoped to avoid such a decision but having failed to cut their non-homegrown (aka ‘locally trained players’) tally of senior players to 17 by the end of the transfer window they knew they’d have to cut two players.
In the end, Mikel Arteta selected Ozil, who hasn’t played a minute of competitive football since March, and Sokratis, who came close to leaving recently. Both players are into the final 12 months of their contracts.
Arsenal have Europa League six group stage games between now and 10 December. If we progress we’ll then have to submit another squad for the knockout stages.
The date to register players for the Premier League is thought to be 20 October; not long after the second transfer window, which allows for business with EFL clubs, closes.
If Ozil and Sokratis miss out on that too, we likely won’t see them in action until after Christmas at the earliest. They may even have played their last games for the club.
There’s also no place for William Saliba, who Arsenal are still considering loaning out before the October 16th EFL deadline, while Gabriel Martinelli is also excluded. However, the young Brazilian is injured and won’t return until the new year, so he can be added if/when the Gunners make it through the group stage.