Arsenal evening headlines as Thomas Partey key in Mesut Ozil return, Emi Buendia transfer stance

Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Tuesday, December 1.

Mesut Ozil can play with Thomas Partey

Paul Merson believes that Mesut Ozil can play in Arsenal’s midfield because of the protection that Thomas Partey provides.

Ozil has been entirely excluded from the Arsenal squad this season and has not featured since Project Restart. Mikel Arteta says that the decision is a tactical one, but Merson believes that Partey’s arrival now provides the defensive balance to utilise the German’s creative juices.

“For me, Mesut Ozil comes back in the team if Thomas Partey is fit,” he wrote in his column for Sky Sports . “Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.”

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Merson added that Ozil would struggle without Partey, but that the Ghanian is crucial to Arteta’s midfield set-up.

“If Partey doesn’t play, Ozil can’t play,” he continued. “Without Partey, Arsenal are not going to dictate the midfield, and then can’t afford to play with 10 men.

“But if Arsenal have the midfield, and Ozil is playing behind Aubameyang, with two flying wingers.”

No Emi Buendia contact made

Arsenal have not made contact with Norwich City regarding a January move for midfielder Emi Buendia, understands .

Buendia had been linked with a move to north London following Norwich’s relegation from the Premier League last season. However, the Gunners have made no formal approach for the Argentinian, who provided seven assists last season and is well-liked by Arteta.

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A source close to the player said: “[Buendia is] focused on Norwich and getting promoted.” The source also refused to rule out an exit, but conceded that a January transfer would depend on Norwich.

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