Mesut Ozil’s future at Arsenal remains in major doubt after he was again overlooked in Sunday’s loss to Tottenham.
The German playmaker, was again nowhere to be seen at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Ozil, with one year left on his Gunners’ deal – the most expensive contract in the club’s history – had initially been a key man during Arteta’s opening months at the club.
The 31-year-old, often left out by Unai Emery, was starting regularly under his former teammate following his arrival.
But since the coronavirus lockdown and the return to Premier League action last month, Ozil has been on the outside looking in.
Indeed the last time he was seen was at St Mary’s, sitting in the stands protecting himself from the sun by an umbrella; when Arteta made substitutes in the 2-0 win, he didn’t turn to Ozil.
He has since been completely absent for five successive games – including the FA Cup quarter-final win at Sheffield United.
Like Matteo Guendouzi, who has been dumped amid club fury at the Frenchman’s attitude, Arteta is unwilling to speak about the German and his future.
Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Jose Mourinho’s men this weekend, he was once more asked about Ozil’s situation.
And Arteta’s response was damning, as questions continue over precisely what has happened with the Arsenal No.10.
“He’s still in the same position as he was last week or two weeks ago.
“And we said that we would manage everything internally.”
Pushed further on what he means by that, Arteta stated simply: “That I have nothing to say”.
With Ozil into the final year of his contract, the situation appears untenable.
But if Arsenal are hoping to move their £350k-a-week outcast to pastures new, then they may struggle to find a buyer, particularly in the current economic climate within the game.
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