Ozil has not played for Arsenal since March – a three-game winning streak
By the same Sh Shred
Last updated: 24/09/20 10:20 am
Mikel Arteta admitted that it was “very difficult” for Meset Ozil to return to his Arsenal squad after dropping the midfielder in the fourth-ranked squad.
The Gunners have won their first two Premier League games of the season and beat Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
They also beat Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield last month which has been a promising start to the season – and it has all been done without Ozil, whose struggle to win over Arteta continues.
The 31-year-old has not played for Arsenal since the resumption of the 2019/20 season in June and the campaign remains to be seen, meaning his last appearance at the club was on 7 March.
Asked by his team to explain the absence of Ozil, who is in the final year of his contract, Arteta said: “The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving.
“We are here at the moment. We want to evolve and play better and compete better. We need to maintain that.
“I am really happy with the performance here, how much trouble they are raising for the coaching staff to select the team.
“We are selecting players who are considered to be the best for each game. You can see that we train, that’s what we’re trying to do.
“You can see the players we’re changing, we’re using them, every week it’s very difficult – no. [just] For Mesut – but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.
“Of course I understand and I respect your questions, but I have to try to make my work as fair as possible. I try, in my opinion, to select players who are in a better position.”
Analysis: Ozil situation does not suit anyone
Nick Wright of Sky Sports:
Mikel Arteta carefully chooses his words on the subject of Mesut Ozil, but the 31-year-old does not take the task of further investigation to figure out that his “negotiable” was wrong.
He says players in “better condition” are preferred. The implication is that Ozil is failing to meet his demands behind the scenes.
September 28, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
Likely to fall in favor of declining people by the week. It would be even more surprising to see Ozil included in the match-day squad at this point. It’s been six months since his last competitive appearance at the club. The side is evolving, as Arteta puts it, and it’s happening without it.
There is no winner from the current situation. Ozil’s salary is a huge drain on Arsenal’s resources and his absence leaves aside without the greatest source of creativity. Meanwhile, Ozil is still being paid in full but he was wasting some of the best years of his career.
There is no immediate end to the saga in sight. Ozil has one year left on his contract and has shown no desire to leave the club, while Arteta appears under no pressure to keep him on his side.
Given all the excitement that welcomed Ozil’s arrival at Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, it is sad that he is coming to terms with this. The situation is right for neither the club nor the player. Something, at some point, has to give.
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Within Arteta’s Arsenal Revolution
Arteta spoke to Sky Sports’ Adam Dum Bate about his first nine months at Arsenal …
“It’s been an incredible journey, for sure,” says Mikel Arteta. Sky Sports.
The Arsenal manager affects his first nine months in charge. This is his first job in management and he is getting along with a period that has recently been described as a difficult nine months in Arsenal’s 134-year history.
Arteta has not only changed the mood, happily conveying the excellent message that captain Pierre-Americ ub Bameyang has signed a new three-year contract, but he has also already brought silverware – to lift the FA Cup and the Community Shield. At Wembley.
“The fact that we are able to win two trophies is something incredible in a short time. But the one I am really happy with is the people around me and the support I get. That’s how it feels. That’s what motivates me to try to achieve things here. It’s a challenge. “
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