Arsenal manager open to January Arsenal return for Ozil
The Spaniard has suggested that the former Real Madrid star might still have role to play for the Gunners.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has recently opened the door for Mesut Ozil to come back to the squad in January.
The former Germany international playmaker has been frozen out of the Spaniard’s plans ever since March and is not currently involved in either of the Gunners’ plans for the Premier League or the Europa League.
In the meantime, he has been involved in a battle with the club on social media platforms, undermining them by offering to pay the wages of mascot Gunnersaurus, who was sacked by the club earlier this year as they made cutbacks because of the Covid-19 crisis.
Ozil’s deal is up at the end of this season and his Arsenal career seemed to be over – but there may be another twist to come in the Arsenal tale.
“He’s not in the squad right now,” Arteta said at on Saturday ahead of a Premier League meeting with Burnley on Sunday. “I’m focusing just on the players we have here.
“But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide.”
Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently spoke out in defense of the former Real Madrid star, claiming that he is not a tough character to manage.
"He was not difficult to manage. He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun," the former Arsenal boss remarked.
"He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive. They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best."
Wenger also generously offered Arteta some advice to get the best out of Ozil.
You have only two ways to see a football team. You get everybody to do the same. The same intensity of work, the same defensive work or you try to find a compromise," he said.
"You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies.
"That is what you have to think about."