Ozil could play for Arsenal again in February after Arteta hinted at a softening attitude

He’s continued doing everything possible in training to get Mikel Arteta to change his mind, and hopefully now there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.

Having not been registered for either of the Gunners’ Premier League or Europa League squads, it’s meant that the silky midfielder has had to be content with training hard and keeping his fitness levels up, with one eye on earning a recall to the first team.

The Spaniard has remained steadfast with regards to his decision making, but with Arsenal enduring a torrid start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, there’s a good enough reason to bring back a player who will hand the team the creativity that they’ve been missing.

Perhaps now the door is slightly opening again.

“He’s not in the squad right now,” Arteta is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.

“I’m focusing just on the players we have here. But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide.”

Whilst still not a ringing endorsement from the manager, Arteta’s statement does hint at a softening of the hard-line approach.

It might just be the best decision he makes this season.

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  1. ibrahim fayia says:

    artelta is the problem Mathieu and ozil left out. is main problem we can’t win no creativity never the present of ozil make auba a goal machine now 3 goals in 11 premier league game ho my we have to blame the coach u don’t have a creative and left ozil, Mathieu out

  2. Alf Nunes says:

    Leaving out the best playmaker in the squad reeks of arrogance from a manager of whom I expected better judgement. I was happy when Arteta was brought in and expected him to work his skills on the squad as well as signing the right mix of players to build a creditable group. Instead we have, what appears to be a very unhappy team. Note the performances of Willian, Auba, etc. The manager needs to create cohesion and a happy unified group. Come on Arteta swallow your pride and change your attitude for whatever ‘political’ reasons you have. They are certainly not footballing reasons. We are scoring own goals by keeping our squad weaker by the actions embarked by the manager.

  3. Elvis says:

    I was extremely happy too when Arteta come in he looked like someone who was gonna lift Ozil all of a sudden Ozil was no where to be seen. I have a different perspective of view right now about Arteta l will be happy if Ozil can get back to the team and Arteta Go

  4. Alf Nunes says:

    There appears to be a problem somewhere within the club. Players not happy or sidelined. Examples: Özil, Guenduzzi, Torreira and Sokratis sidelined. Auba, Willian and perhaps Pepe not delivering. OK, agree that 1 or 2 are not as good as can be. Auba was the pick of our team, but nothing seems to work for him. Problem is that he is stranded with no one to supply him with scoring chances. The only player that could do that, who is Özil, is not even in the squad!! Reason? Surely not “footballing reasons”. Must be other reasons like ‘political’. This affects the team. We need a happy team. At the moment the team’s body language is poor. Arsenal are 15th in the table – enough said. We cannot afford political reasons. Gives the opposition advantage before we even take to the field. Major re-think needed. Hope we can salvage something from our game at Burnley. I mean ‘hope’.

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