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Arsenal ‘FURIOUS with Mesut Ozil’ over rant at club after outcast announced he will not leave and will see out contract’

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ARSENAL have reportedly been left furious by Mesut Ozil’s decision to publicly air his grievances at the club.

The Daily Mail claim the Gunners are particularly angry that the midfielder broke ranks to defend his decision to reject a pay cut.

Arsenal are said to be annoyed by Mesut Ozil's public rant at the club

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The club’s highest-paid player, on £350,000-per-week, was slated after he refused to take a 12.5 per cent cut in April.

The German star was one of just three Arsenal players to reject the club’s proposal.


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Yet Ozil has now insisted he did not sign on the dotted line as it was “far too quick” to make such an important decision.

The 31-year-old is said to infuriated Arsenal by hinting that his choice may be why Mikel Arteta stopped selecting him for the team.

Piers Morgan was among the long-list of big names that slated Ozil for his decision.

But the player himself told The Athletic: “People who know me know exactly how generous I am and, as far as I’m aware, I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out.

“I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me, to make me unhappy, to push an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me and paint a picture that is not true.”

I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out. I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me

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Ozil, who joined from Real Madrid in 2013 for £42.5m, has not played a minute of football since the restart.

He last appeared for Arsenal on March 7 despite being fit and was absent from Wembley to watch the club lift the FA Cup after victory over Chelsea.

In order to try and get him off the wage bill, the Gunners are believed to have offered him a £18m pay-off to rip up his deal.

Though Ozil, who still has 12 months remaining on his £350k-a-week contract, reiterated the point that he won’t be leaving the Emirates.

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He also likely upset club bosses after admitting that he was “disappointed” with Arsenal after their failure to back his views over the Uighur killings in China.

Ozil took to Instagram in December to speak out against the persecution of fellow Muslims in north west Xianjiang.

Days later, Arsenal publicly distanced the club from the views expressed by their midfielder.

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Luton 0 Man Utd 3 LIVE REACTION: Mata, Rashford and Greenwood on target as Ole’s men through to Carabao Cup fourth round

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JUAN MATA, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood found the net as Manchester United saw off a spirited Luton to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

  • Final score: Luton 0-3 Man Utd (Mata 43′, Rashford 89′, Greenwood 90′)

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Luton 0-3 Manchester United: Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford seal win

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These are, of course, unprecedented times, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discovered there are some things that simply do not change.

Juan Mata remains a delightful footballer at the age of 32, with an ability to illuminate and influence any contest, and Manchester United will usually get a penalty.

These two reliable old forces combined in Solksjaer’s favour at Kenilworth Road. 

Juan Mata scores Manchester United's first goal of the game from the penalty spot after Brandon Williams was brought down

Juan Mata scores Manchester United’s first goal of the game from the penalty spot after Brandon Williams was brought down

Marcus Rashford celebrates with his Manchester United team-mates after scoring the goal that sealed the result for his team

Marcus Rashford celebrates with his Manchester United team-mates after scoring the goal that sealed the result for his team

Mata flickered, sparkled and scored from the spot, just before half time, and it put United in control against spirited Luton Town of the Championship.

It was United’s 23rd penalty in all competitions since the start of last season.

They have converted 19 of them, and this was the one to help their season creep into life, after a belated start and an unexpected home defeat against Crystal Palace.

Luton refused to yield until Solskjaer sent on Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Masno Greenwood and added gloss to the score line with two late goals.

Rashford claimed the second, in the 88th minute and Greenwood added the third, which added gloss to the scoreline and secured a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. 

Dean Henderson made the start for Manchester United, as he competes for the job with usual number one David de Gea

Dean Henderson made the start for Manchester United, as he competes for the job with usual number one David de Gea

Henderson's first Manchester United save was an excellent one, diving to his right to deny Luton Town an equaliser

Henderson’s first Manchester United save was an excellent one, diving to his right to deny Luton Town an equaliser

Solskjaer made 10 changes to the team beaten by Palace on Saturday, with recalls for some of his forgotten squad men, including Jesse Lingard, who opened brightly, and Mata, who tested Luton goalkeeper James Shea twice inside the opening quarter of an hour with lows shots from the edge of the penalty area.

Manchester United started at a brisk tempo and dominated possession. Fred whistled a shot narrowly wide but Luton did not come into the tie to defend and were bubbling with confidence after performing a stunning escape from relegation last season under returning boss Nathan Jones, and starting the new campaign with four wins on the bounce.

Jones, like Solskjaer, made wholesale changes to his team, with only two surviving from the win against Derby on Saturday. They weathered United’s early efforts, grew into the game and began to threaten the United goal.

Danny Hylton, released by Ryan Tunnicliffe, was disappointed to slice a shot wide and an effort from distance by Jordan Clark took a deflection and swerved over. Clark headed another chance wide at the back post.

Jesse Lingard and the rest of the Luton and Manchester United players take a knee to highlight the fight against racism

Jesse Lingard and the rest of the Luton and Manchester United players take a knee to highlight the fight against racism

Manchester United's players celebrate with the penalty scorer Mata after he put his team ahead in the first half

Manchester United’s players celebrate with the penalty scorer Mata after he put his team ahead in the first half

Dean Henderson, making his debut for Manchester United in goal, dealt cleanly with the ball when it came his way in the first half without having to make a save.

United went ahead seconds before the interval. Brandon Williams, surging forward from left-back, produced an explosive change of pace and was tripped by George Moncur as he moved inside the penalty area.

There was not a lot of contact but Williams was caught and went down in a flash. Referee Tim Robinson did not have any doubts. He pointed to the spot and Mata stepped up to send goalkeeper Shea the wrong way to claim his first goal since he scored in the 5-0 Europa League win at LASZ Linz, in March. 

Manchester United forward Lingard runs with the ball and tries to get past a sliding George Moncur of Luton Town

Manchester United forward Lingard runs with the ball and tries to get past a sliding George Moncur of Luton Town

Odion Ighalo of Manchester United takes the ball past Sonny Bradley of Luton Town who slides in with his left foot

Odion Ighalo of Manchester United takes the ball past Sonny Bradley of Luton Town who slides in with his left foot

It was Luton’s first clash with United since they were top-flight rivals in 1992 and Mick Harford was in his pomp, and they refused to be subdued by the body-blow of the goal just before half time.

The Championship side continued to play with ambition and purpose. Hylton flashed the ball low across Henderson’s goal, soon after the restart, but there was no-one up in support.

Williams booked for taking down Kazenga LuaLua to halt a dangerous break but United had opportunities to extend their lead.

Centre half Sonny Bradley blocked from Odion Ighalo and made a crucial clearance to deny Lingard on the goal line, and Shea saved from Nemanja Matic as the visitors took control, midway through the second half. 

Luton Town's Jordan Clark goes flying through the air as he goes up for a header under pressure from Donny van de Beek

Luton Town’s Jordan Clark goes flying through the air as he goes up for a header under pressure from Donny van de Beek

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sits on the side lines, socially distanced from most of his staff members

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sits on the side lines, socially distanced from most of his staff members

Donny van de Beek, starting for the first time since his £35m transfer to Old Trafford from Ajax, produced his best touches during this phase of the game. Van de Beek found Lingard who fired over.

Tom Lockyer was closest to an equaliser in a late scramble when Henderson made a strong save and Eric Bailly cleared off the line.

It was the warning Solskjaer required. On went the big-hitters and punished Luton as they poured forward in search of an equaliser. 

Luton Town's striker Danny Hylton pulls the shirt of Manchester United goalkeeper Henderson as he tries to get the ball

Luton Town’s striker Danny Hylton pulls the shirt of Manchester United goalkeeper Henderson as he tries to get the ball

Harry Maguire looks on as Manchester United's defender Brandon Williams attempts to control the ball in the second half

Harry Maguire looks on as Manchester United’s defender Brandon Williams attempts to control the ball in the second half

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Is Chelsea vs Barnsley on TV? Channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Carabao Cup tie

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CHELSEA host Barnsley in the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup as they come off the back of a disappointing defeat against Liverpool.

Frank Lampard’s team will seek to recover as he aims to win his first piece of silverware at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard may be tempted to shuffle the pack and gives his fringe players a run out

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Frank Lampard may be tempted to shuffle the pack and gives his fringe players a run out

As for Barnsley, two defeats from two in the league contrasts with some confident cup form as they swotted aside Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough in the first two rounds.

What time does Chelsea vs Barnsley kick off?

  • Chelsea host Barnsley on Wednesday, September 23.
  • The match kicks off at 7.45pm
  • It will take place at Stamford Bridge

What TV channel is Chelsea vs Barnsley on and can I live stream it?

  • Chelsea vs Barnsley is not being televised.
  • Live coverage of the match can be followed on the Sun’s live blog.

What is the team news?

Thiago Silva may be set for his first Chelsea appearance but the game has likely come too soon for fellow new signings Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech, who remain sidelined with injuries.

Christian Pulisic will also remain out while Andreas Christensen’s red card against Liverpool means he will suspended.

Barnsley’s Michal Helik is suspended after he was sent off in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Reading.

Latest odds

  • Chelsea 2/11
  • Draw 6/1
  • Barnsley 16/1

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