Is Mesut Ozil set for January return or is the end?
It looks like Mikel Arteta has opened the door for the return of Mesut Ozil to the Arsenal squad in the New Year but a decision still has not been made on the German footballers future.
The Gunners are seriously lacking any sort of firepower having scored just two goals in their last seven league games and currently sit 15th in the Premier League, Ozil wasn’t selected for either of the Gunners’ 25-man squads for both the Premier League or even the Europa League.
It is possible for Arteta to re-register the 32-year-old in the coming transfer window but in order to do so the squad would need to be re-shuffled.
Speaking before Sunday’s defeat to Burnley, the Arsenal manager said ‘He’s not in the squad right now. I’m focusing just on the players we have here. But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide.’
Ozil currently earns a staggering £350,000 per week but has not played since the Premier League was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. With his contract up at the end of this season, Ozil would be able to leave on a free transfer.
There has been talk of a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce in January along with David Beckhams Inter Miami and LA Galaxy showing interest.
Former Arsenal crowd favourite Freddie Ljungberg, cannot understand why Ozil has been ignored and thinks the German international could be just what the Gunners’ need in front of goal.
Ljungberg was talking to Sky Sports this week and said ‘When you have a player like that – and I don’t say he should play every single week – but when you have possession and you need to find that cute pass, I don’t think there are any better players than Mesut doing that.
‘Of course you lose a bit defensively, but it’s a decision they’ve made. I don’t know why the decision’s been made and he’s outside the 25-man squad, so they can’t use him. But for those things, I don’t think there are many better in the world.’
Arsenals longest serving manager Arsene Wenger is also unsure about Arteta’s decision to dismiss Ozil’s potential.
The German midfielder was loved by the Gunners fans under Wenger, but has never been able to recapture that form under either Unai Emery, or Arteta.
Chatting to ESPN this week, Wenger said: ‘He (Ozil) was not difficult to manage. He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun.
‘He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive. They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best.
‘You have two ways to see a football team. You get everybody to do the same. The same intensity of work, the same defensive work or you find a compromise,’ he went on to add.
‘You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies. That is what you have to think about.’
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