Arsenal fans might have got used to the fact Mesut Ozil is unlikely to feature much, if at all, for Mikel Arteta’s new-look Gunners side in the coming season.
The Arsenal boss has been keen to make his mark on the club early in his tenure and has spoken about the “non-negotiables” for all his players as he looks to return Arsenal back to the summit of the English game.
Despite a lowly eighth-place finish in the Premier League, Arsenal’s FA Cup victory and wins over Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool at the end of last season suggest the manager is on the right track, helped in part by his demands for players to fall in line.
Matteo Guendouzi reportedly has one foot out the Emirates door after falling foul of Arteta and Mesut Ozil also appeared to be frozen out completely having failed to feature for a single minute for the Gunners following the return to action post-lockdown.
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This seemed to signal the final chapter for the German World Cup winner after seven years in north London, a spell which has featured highs like FA Cup wins and moments of magic on the pitch, as well as lows such as a dip in form and a perceived lack of commitment.
Having signed a bumper new contract in 2018, Ozil struggled to adapt to the style of play implemented by Unai Emery, often coming in for criticism for apparent lacklustre displays with that hefty contract regularly thrown in his face.
After losing his place at the start of the following season, Ozil actually went on to start all 10 Premier League matches under Arteta between December and March, suggesting he was part of the new boss’s future plans.
However, Arteta obviously had a change of heart following the enforced three-month break. More recently, the player has been linked with a move away from the club, with Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr touted as a potential destination.