Arsenal’s omission of Mesut Ozil from their 25-man squad for the 2020/21 Premier League season all but made official what we already knew - the German playmaker is as good as finished at the north London club.

Ozil has not played a minute of competitive football since before lockdown, with Mikel Arteta exiling the 32-year-old from the first team.

The player himself insisted in a statement made on Wednesday that he will continue to train the hope of being given another chance, but redemption seems a long way off.

So what could be next for Ozil, not so long ago viewed as one of the best creative midfielders of his generation?

Arsenal appear unwilling to give their highest-paid player another chance, so where might Ozil find an escape route?

Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013
Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013

Subsided loan deal

Ozil’s pay packet of £350,000-a-week means it’s unlikely Arsenal will be able to find a club to take on the German’s full salary, but a loan exit could be a short-term solution.

Of course, this is something Manchester United did to get a portion of Alexis Sanchez’s wages off their books, loaning the Chilean to Inter while staying paying around 50% of his salary.

Even at such a discount, Arsenal might struggle to find a club willing to take on such a high weekly wage for a player entering the twilight of his career.

Nonetheless, Ozil’s reputation might make him an appealing option to some. Inter has recently become an outpost for former Premier League stars and flops. Might Antonio Conte also be interested in this faded figure?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowed Alexis Sanchez to leave Manchester United on loan last summer
Alexis Sanchez was a total flop at Manchester United

Move to MLS

Very few European superstars are not linked with a move to MLS as they get older. Ozil is no different, with the German playmaker most recently linked with DC United.

The capital club reportedly see Ozil as the ideal successor to Wayne Rooney, who spent a year at Audi Field between 2018 and 2019.

Ozil would be the biggest current name that has been home to the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Frank Lampard, Kaka, David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and more.

But while the footballing quality of MLS is a lot lower than it is in the Premier League, the travelling involved makes the league a testing one. Would Ozil be up for the challenge?

Ozil could be the ideal successor to Wayne Rooney at DC United

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Move to Turkey

Ozil boasts strong ties to Turkey through his mother and has previously hinted at a potential move to the country.

Mohamed Elneny, who spent last season on loan at Besiktas, added to the speculation by admitting Ozil could be tempted to sign for Fenerbahce, the Istanbul club he is believed to have a place in his heart for.

“Mesut really loves Fenerbahce. He's always speaking about the club and the fans,” Elneny told beIN Sports in an interview.

Mesut Ozil meeting the Turkish president Erdogan

“If you ask me, I think he could come to Fenerbahce. He's always trying to annoy me by singing Fenerbahce chants.”

Turkish clubs have been known to spend big on well-known players in the final years of their careers.

It’s not so long ago that Fenerbahce agreed to pay Robin van Persie €4.9 million-a-year and while Ozil would likely command an even higher salary, it offers the playmaker hope that an escape route could be found here.

See out his contract

Ozil’s best option might be to sit tight and see out his contract until the summer of 2021, when he will be a free agent and will have the freedom to join whichever club shows an interest in him.

The midfielder is set to be sent into exile and left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League side
Mesut Ozil could just sit on his contract for the next year

The German is still the highest-paid player at the Emirates Stadium and is entitled to pick up his wages for as long as he can.

Of course, at 31 Ozil might feel this is a waste of precious time, with the playmaker entering the twilight of his career, but with few clubs willing to take on his wages this might just be the best scenario for the player, but the most likely one too.