Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal looks to be coming to an end after Mikel Arteta admitted it was “difficult” to integrate Ozil back into the team, but where would the forgotten 31-year-old go?
Ozil, whose contract is set to expire next June, has not featured for the Gunners since March 7and was not named in Arsenal’s matchday squad for the first three games of the new campaign.
Even as Arteta shuffled his pack for the Carabao Cup trip to Leicester, there was still no place for Ozil in the Arsenal travelling party, casting further doubt over his future in England.
“The team is evolving and you can see the level they are achieving,” Arteta said after Arsenal’s 2-0 victory against Leicester City in the League Cup on Wednesday. “We want to evolve more and play better, so we need to maintain that.
“I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition. We are picking players we believe are the best for each game and as you can see, we keep changing.
You can see … that it is very difficult – not just for Mesut but for some to make the squad. Every week, we try to pick the right players.