Arsenal news: Mesut Ozil urged to 'contribute 24/7' to win back first team place
Raul Sanllehi, head of football at the club, suggested that Ozil could make more of an effort in training to win back his place at a fans forum.
Ozil has not made the match day squad for any of Arsenal’s last three fixtures, but Sanllehi believes he does still have a place at the club, and that rumours that Emery has ostracised the playmaker are not true.
“Unai has had many good players in other teams also, and he has always followed the same policy which is try not to make any distinctions, play the ones who work hard in training and reward the effort with playing time,” he said.
“There is nothing against Mesut on the contrary and I hope we get to see him much more in the next games because his qualities are without question, but he needs to contribute 24/7 and that’s what Unai expects from him.
“It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time, but Unai can’t treat him differently than any other player.
“You may have read that Unai has put a barrier up, but nothing at all like this has happened.”
Arsenal are believed to be open to entertaining offers for the German in January, but Sanllehi’s comments seem to indicate that Ozil can still contribute in the meantime.
His contract runs to 2021, meaning a sale is not necessarily urgent, but Ozil is believed to be keen for a move to pastures new.
Emery has previously suggested that Ozil is not one of Arsenal’s best players at the moment.
“I am thinking every time the best players for the match, the best players in the squad to play and help us,” Emery said ahead of the 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
“When I decided he isn’t in the squad it’s because I think other players deserve it more.”
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