With Mesut Ozil not even making Arsenal's 20-man matchday squad on Wednesday, here is a look at some big-name players who earned huge salaries without contributing much, including Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan.
Click through the gallery above to see some footballers who were not able to justify their huge salaries.
Despite not carrying an injury or having any other niggling fitness issues, Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad that lost 3-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League this week.
After that match, Arteta insisted the former Real Madrid playmaker did not make his selection purely for tactical reasons, although many were surprised he was not even named as a substitute.
Ozil is Arsenal's highest-earning player on £350 000 (R7.5 million) a week, a salary he has not justified in recent seasons, and maybe even since he was given that deal in 2018.
The German has played a bit-part role at Arsenal over the past two years, and has often been linked with a move away from the London club. He remains the club's best-paid star, however.
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is another who might not be able to justify his wages, having been mainly used as a rotational player under manager Zinedine Zidane. That is not to say the 30-year-old has not contributed greatly over the years at Los Blancos; just that he has not done so in recent times.
Former Ghana striker and captain Gyan earned huge wages in China but failed to impress, scoring just eight goals in 26 matches, while Carlos Tevez was even less impressive in the Chinese Super League, where he reportedly earned £656 000 (R14.1 million) a week – click through the gallery above to see more players who were unable to justify the huge wages they were paid!
Can you name any other footballers who were on huge wages without contributing much? Let us know in the comments section below.