Is Mesut Ozil available?

Yes. Mesut Ozil is fit and available for selection

[last updated 13 September 2020, Arsenal current injuries here]

Mesut Ozil availability for Arsenal vs:

MK Dons vs Arsenal

(Friendly) 25/08/20 – Available. Not included in the squad.

Arsenal vs Liverpool

(Community Shield) 29/08/20 – Available. Not included in squad.

QPR vs Arsenal

(Friendly) 31/08/20 – Available. No information if he featured.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa

(Friendly) 5/09/20 – Available. Reportedly played some part.

Fulham v Arsenal

(Premier League) 12/09/20 – Available. Not included in the squad.

West Ham s Arsenal

(Premier League) 19/09/20 – Available for selection.

Mesut Özil did not make the squad to face Fulham in the Premier League opener on 12 September despite being fit and available.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 08, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 08, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Evening Standard reported on Monday that Mesut Özil is hoping to feature in Mikel Arteta’s squad to face Fulham on Saturday, as Arsenal kick off the new Premier League season.

This was then something he declared on Twitter himself while also laughing at Tottenham.

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.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 08, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 08, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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.

Will we ever get to see Mesut wear this on the pitch?
Will we ever get to see Mesut wear this on the pitch?

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.”

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 08, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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