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Ozil paid loyalty bonus

Most of the club’s fans will greet the news with disbelief but Mesut Ozil was paid a £8 million loyalty bonus at the end of September.

That is despite the fact that the Gunners would dearly love to terminate his contract.

The 31-year old is the club’s highest earner on £350,000 but has not featured for the club since lockdown after falling completely out of favour until Mikel Arteta. He was not included in their Europa League squad announced last week, and there is a high probability that he will never play for the club again.

Yet despite this, the club were forced to pay him the bonus because that was part of the lucrative deal he signed with the club in 2018.

There is some compensation though for the accountants at the Emirates. By not playing the former German World Cup winner, they are saving on various appearance-related bonuses which were also written into his contract.

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