It would be the first time since Southampton, over 10 games ago, that the German has made it into a competitive squad for his club. As for appearances on the pitch, you have to go back even further to West Ham in March.
There are some signs the 31-year-old might be getting a chance again under Mikel Arteta. We don’t know if he featured in the friendly against QPR at London Colney, but he did against Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend.
Arsenal didn’t hide that fact, either. They posted pictures of the player to their Getty feed, which they often avoided doing recently, even when he was in the session.
That makes sense, too. If you know the player won’t make the squad at the weekend, why mess with fan expectations by showing him playing a prominent role in training?
At the very least, it looks like he’s getting a fair chance to prove his worth now. That doesn’t mean Arteta will start him, in fact, I very much doubt he will.
But he has the opportunity to push for game time like any other player does.
What is going on with Mesut Ozil?
Speaking to The Athletic during the summer, Mesut Özil confirmed he doesn’t plan to leave Arsenal before the end of his contract.
In case you’re somehow unaware of the situation with Özil at the moment, the midfielder is still waiting for his first appearance on the pitch since the coronavirus shutdown.
He made the bench twice against Brighton and Southampton, before dropping out completely.
At first, this was due to a back issue. However, he returned to training after that and remained absent from Arteta’s team selection anyway.
The player says this doesn’t change his stance on a potential summer transfer and it is even reported that he played some part in Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against Aston Villa which the Gunners lost 3-2 at the Emirates (Dani Ceballos played as well).
“My position is clear,” Özil said. “I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.
“I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone. Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club — the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time — and I love London, it’s my home.
“When a player wants to leave and the club says no, the player must accept it unless they find a solution together. So when a club wants a player to leave and the player says no, the club must accept it unless a solution can be found together. I don’t want to leave, so that’s it.”
As more details emerge about the people being cut from Arsenal's wage bill, Mesut Ozil's pay cut stance, for which he was pilloried, seems like it was the right one and might even be the reason he isn't playing.
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