Mesut Ozil's situation at Arsenal appears to be getting worse by the week.
On December 19 Unai Emery omitted the German from his match-day squad to face Tottenham at home in the Carabao Cup. Arsenal lost the game 2-0.
The decision to leave Ozil out led to speculation over his future and questions about why Emery doesn't seem to like him.
Some reports even suggested Emery doesn't like the fact Ozil is Arsenal's highest-paid player at £350,000-per-week, which the Spaniard has since rejected.
"The player's salary is not important for me, I don't know the players' [salaries] because, for me, they are the same," he said.
"The most important thing for me is to be OK training every day with good behaviour and good commitment and giving us their quality.
"I understand some players outside give us more news, but for me it’s the same. Every player, I want to give them the same conversation or the same decision for play or not play."
Ozil then starred in the 3-1 win over Burnley but against Brighton on Wednesday, which ended in a 1-1 draw, he was substituted at half-time.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Emery said it was nothing more than a tactical decision.
However, things have now got even worse for Ozil.
Arsenal travel to Liverpool in Saturday's late kick-off and on Friday night it was confirmed by David Ornstein that Ozil will miss the game due to pain in his knee.
"We now know Mesut Ozil is out of Arsenal’s game at Liverpool tomorrow," Ornstein tweeted. "He trained with the squad today but complained of pain in his knee and was withdrawn from the travelling party.
"Ozil's knee injury was sustained at Brighton on Boxing Day and despite the best efforts from all for him to be fit to face Liverpool tomorrow, the problem persisted - he was not ready play or be in the squad."
There are doubts about whether Ozil is actually injured, with the popular belief being that Emery simply doesn't like him very much.
If that's the case it's very bad news for Ozil, who Ornstein claims doesn't want to leave Arsenal amid rumours of a January departure, despite his recent struggles.
"Mesut Ozil doesn't fit into Unai Emery's style of play," Ornstein said on BBC Radio 5 Live. "He's 30 years old, he's clearly not going to change.
"Surely this can't go on. He doesn't want to leave the club."
Only time will tell what the future holds for Ozil, but his situation is fast becoming toxic and it needs to be sorted by Emery.News Now - Sport News