Arteta comes clean on why Mesut Ozil isn’t getting gametime at Arsenal

Arteta comes clean on why Mesut Ozil isn’t getting gametime at Arsenal

Arteta comes clear on why Mesut Ozil is not getting gametime at Arsenal

Date printed: Wednesday twenty third September 2020 11:00

Mikel Arteta gave an in depth clarification of why Mesut Ozil is barely taking part in for Arsenal after their 2-0 win over Leicester within the Carabao Cup.

Ozil has not featured a lot beneath Arteta, and wasn’t even on the bench as a few of Arsenal’s fringe gamers sealed development to the subsequent spherical.

Eddie Nketiah scored late on to comply with up a Christian Fuchs personal purpose and ensure the win.

Arteta mentioned after the sport how happy he was with the angle proven by gamers at both finish of the age spectrum.

“I’m actually pleased with the efficiency, to start with the angle and the way in which we approached the sport mentally,” he mentioned.

“The senior gamers took the lead right away and I might see that they got here right here to win the sport and after we’re so pleased with all our younger gamers, the way in which they’re growing and the way in which they performed.”

This might have been a chance for Ozil to ship a reminder of what he can do, however he was not amongst Arteta’s choice.

The German midfielder hasn’t performed for the membership since March, however Arteta insists he isn’t the one one in a troublesome scenario.


He mentioned: “I’m actually pleased with the efficiency right here, how troublesome they’re making issues for the teaching workers to pick out the squad.

“The crew is evolving, you may see the extent they’re attaining. That is the place we’re in the meanwhile.

“We need to evolve extra and play higher and compete higher. We have to maintain sustaining that.

“We’re choosing the gamers that we imagine are the most effective for every recreation. You possibly can see we maintain coaching, it’s what we’re attempting to do.

“You possibly can see that the gamers we’re altering, we’re utilizing, it’s very troublesome each week not for Mesut however for another gamers as effectively to make the squad. Each week we attempt to decide the appropriate gamers.

“It’s troublesome for others as effectively that aren’t concerned within the Premier League and didn’t play tonight both. We’ve a squad of 26, 27 gamers in the meanwhile and we will’t give taking part in time to all of them.

“After all I perceive and I respect your questions however I’ve to attempt to do my job as truthful as attainable. I attempt to choose the gamers which are, in my view, in higher situation.”

One other absentee was Lucas Torreira, who has been closely linked with a transfer to Atletico Madrid.

However Arteta denied {that a} potential switch was the rationale he left the midfielder out.

“I’m not making choices as a result of gamers would possibly depart or keep,” he mentioned. “It’s only for the gamers that we see day-after-day in the very best situation to compete and win soccer matches.”

Requested additional a couple of potential Atletico switch, Arteta added: “I can’t talk about any inner issues.”


One participant who did step up when known as upon was Reiss Nelson, who had one in all Arsenal’s greatest possibilities of the primary half and lasted till the 72nd minute.

Arteta confirmed how completely satisfied he was with Nelson’s efficiency, however refused to say whether or not he can be letting him depart on mortgage.

“He performed very well. He had a very good efficiency.

“He wasn’t within the squad for the final two Premier League video games due to the competitors we have now up entrance. All people must battle for his or her locations.

“We don’t talk about the issues which are taking place behind closed doorways. He performed tonight and he performed very well.”

The win for Arsenal might arrange a conflict with Liverpool within the subsequent spherical, presuming the Premier League champions beat Lincoln Metropolis.

Arsenal are already as a consequence of journey to Anfield on Monday night time for his or her subsequent league recreation, and now face the prospect of getting to do it twice in per week.

Nevertheless, Arteta is concentrating on one recreation at a time.

“You possibly can think about, most likely the hardest place to go in Europe or the world. That’s the fixtures, we have now to go there.

“Let’s go first on Monday, let’s put together effectively and see the way it goes.”


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