Arsenal evening headlines as Mertesacker makes Ozil claim, Aubameyang motivation questioned

Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Monday, October 19.

Mertesacker claims Ozil’s focus has shifted

Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker believes the focus of his former club and international teammate Mesut Ozil has shifted in recent years.

The German playmaker has not featured for the Gunners since football’s restart four months ago and was not included in the club’s Europa League squad. He is also expected to miss out on the Premier League squad.

Mertesacker claims Ozil’s love of football has not changed but the birth of his child earlier this year may have impacted his priorities.

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“A lot has changed away from the field,” Mertesacker said on the Klick and Rush podcast, as per “He got married, has a family. Perhaps his focus has changed. Nevertheless, he is still happy and happy to play football.

“He’s the only player I’ve played with for three teams – Bremen, Arsenal and also at the DFB (Germany). So I’m very sorry that he’s currently in a situation where he’s not really used.”

Aubameyang motivation questioned

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has criticised the level of performance from Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since his new contract was signed.

The striker penned a new three-year deal worth £36 million last month, ending speculation over his future.

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However, he has been out of sorts in recent games having not scored since the opening day of the season against Fulham and Bent believes the two may be linked.

“It’s not the fact he hasn’t scored a goal, it’s the performances,” Bent said on talkSPORT, as quoted by “Before he signed his contract he was absolutely everywhere – running back, tracking back, putting tackles in, breaking forward.

“There was a real hunger and intensity to his game. At the…