Mesut Ozil has only made a couple of appearances for Arsenal this season, and he hasn’t been in the pitch for over a month now, yet Unai Emery has been evasive when asked to disclose why he’s not considering the German international.
Arsenal’s recent struggles have made some fans ask for Ozil to come back to the team, but the Spanish bosh seems reluctant to give the former Real Madrid standout any playing time at all.
However, he recently tried to clear the air by stating that snubbing Ozil out of the team’s rotation wasn’t exclusively his decision, but that the club as a whole had decided that it would be for their best interests:
“Here, we have one agreed strategy as a club and a team. Because the most important thing is the club, the team and finding a performance. Previously we were all speaking between us to take that decision. I know all the supporters want to know something but now is not the moment. I think it is not the moment to speak about him.
We are going to play on Sunday and in the next matches and we are going to decide, and when we can speak about him something differently we will look,” Emery told the media, as quoted by BeSoccer.
Moreover, Emery continued to vow his support for Lucas Torreira, who has replaced Ozil in the team’s starting XI and has shown some glimpses of greatness over the course of the season:
“He is playing. I think he is very important for us,” he said of the Uruguayan. “We are sharing and changing some matches with the midfielders like (Matteo) Guendouzi. I am very happy with him and we need him. Then we use different structures in different matches and he has confidence. I was speaking with him about his best position to help us in our shape,” Emery concluded.
As or Ozil, he’s not going to draw much attention from top-tier clubs at 31-years-old and months without competitive soccer, but it seems like he’s a lock to leave the club in the winter transfer window.