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Mesut Ozil: Is China a factor in midfielder's exile from Arsenal squad?

BBC News Thursday, 22 October 2020
Some Arsenal fans have pointed to Mesut Ozil's comments about the mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in China and suggested a link to his exile.
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