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Cole: Ozil embarrassed Arsenal with activism

Former Chelsea striker Carlton Cole isn't surprised Mesut Ozil has been axed from Arsenal's Premier League squad.

Ozil, Arsenal's highest paid player, was left out of Mikel Arteta's 25-man squad for the 2020/21 Premier League season.

Cole told talkSPORT: “Is he a luxury player? Yeah, he is a luxury player, and does Arteta want that in his team at the moment?

“I think he wants hardworking players that can attack, and actually defend from the front too.

“It's difficult, but at the same time, he hasn't helped himself off the pitch as well, getting into being an activist almost, getting into politics where the views might not align with the club's.

“Even the Gunnersaurus thing, that was going against the board. Obviously they made a decision, and he's come from nowhere saying 'I'm going to do this'.

“It kind of embarrasses the club a little bit. A combination of stuff."

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