A player who continues to be nowhere near the match day squad at Arsenal is Mesut Ozil. The German has not featured since football returned last month and injury only accounted for his absence for a couple of these games.
The reason for him not featuring now seems to be purely tactical, although Mikel Arteta has seemingly hinted that Ozil could be part of the squad for tonight’s match against Aston Villa.
Speaking about the German playmaker, the Gunners manager said, “Mesut is training at the moment, like every other player, he is training. You have to pick from 23, 24 players and I will do that today.”
Ozil’s average of 2.1 key passes a game in the Premier League this term is the best out of the whole Arsenal squad, per WhoScored, so the fact that he is not even making the substitutes bench seems to suggest that Arteta just does not fancy him.
However, his creativity is something that could be crucial when the Gunners are chasing matches. According to The Sun, the £350,000-a-week World Cup winner is determined to finish his contract at the Emirates Stadium but is already planning his future and only wants to end up at a club in Turkey or America.
Therefore, it seems like a stalemate situation and, if Ozil is going to stay, Arteta might as well use him, even if it is as a substitute.
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