Omitted from the Arsenal squad for the Europa League clash with Standard Liege, Mesut Ozil seems to be edging closer to the Emirates exit doors
Although he is the club’s highest earner, the 30-year-old has registered just one top-flight outing for the Gunners this term, as his struggles for the game time under Unai Emery continues.
After watching his teammates thumping Standard Liege 4-0 at home on Thursday evening, the former Real Madrid star will have to work harder to earn his place in Emery’s starting XI again, according to the coach himself.
"When I decided he shouldn't be in the squad it's because I think other players deserved it more."— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 4, 2019
With the recent displays from Dani Ceballos and Joe Willock, Ozil’s spot in the team has been further compromised, but the Spanish boss insists the German will get a chance to break into the squad again should he improve on his current form.
“I am thinking every time to decide with the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and help us,” Emery said, as transcribed by the Mirror.
“When I decided he isn’t in the squad, it is because I think another player deserves it more.
“Sunday, we have another match. And we are going to decide the same.
“The best first 11 possible to achieve our target to win on Sunday and also adapt to that difficult of playing Bournemouth. And carry on our way that is the same in each match.”
Ozil’s £350,000-per-week wages are a big obstacle in Arsenal’s efforts to ship him out on loan at least, as their patience with the left-footed playmaker seems to have finally run out.