– Mesut Ozil is yet to feature for Arsenal since the start of the new season
– The midfielder has endured a turbulent period since the exit of Arsene Wenger
– According to Arteta, he is unable to pick Ozil because he selects squad players in the best condition
Mikel Arteta has defended his decision to overlook Mesut Ozil for match-day squads, pointing out he is selecting players in the “best condition.”
Ozil is yet to make an appearance for Arsenal since the start of the new season, missing both clashes against Fulham and West Ham United.
It was thought the midfielder would be picked for the Gunners’ Carabao Cup fixture against Leicester, but he was once again ignored.
And despite being continually snubbed, the German star, who is Arsenal’s highest paid player has insisted he is not keen to leave.
On his part, Arteta has downplayed Ozil’s absence from the squad, hinting his preferred players are above him in the pecking order.
“You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it’s very difficult every week not for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players,” Metro UK quoted Arteta saying.
“It’s difficult for others as well that aren’t involved in the Premier League and didn’t play tonight either. We have a squad of 26, 27 players at the moment and we can’t give playing time to all of them,” he added.
Meanwhile, the north London club has appeared to flourish in the absence of Ozil, winning all their three matches of the new season.
The side defeated Fulham in their season opener and went on to down West Ham United at the weekend.
Against Leicester, Christian Fuchs’ own goal and Eddie Nketiah’s late strike were enough to send Arteta’s side to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
They will take on the Foxes once again in their next match in the Premier League.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly interested in the signing of Brazilian footballer Philippe Coutinho and he could make the move the Emirates stadium this summer.
Arsenal have started their campaign this season on a brighter note winning their first two games and they have been tipped to fight for the League title this term.
Last season, Arsenal failed to finish among the top four in the Premier League, but the Gunners won the FA Cup title which gave them the ticket to play in the Europa League.
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