While Mesut Ozil hasn’t been given a look-in at Arsenal this season, January has brought about the possibility of him potentially coming back to the fold.
The £350,000-a-week midfielder hasn’t played a minute of competitive action for the Gunners this season, having been left out of the Premier League and Europa League squads.
The League Cup hasn’t offered any respite either, and with Arsenal having been woeful at times this season, calls for Ozil to be reinstated have grown louder each passing week.
Admittedly, we’ve stopped the rot with wins over Chelsea and Brighton, with Emile Smith Rowe an absolute diamond at No. 10 – but calls for Ozil to at least become an option in the squad haven’t stopped.
With the 32-year-old’s contract up at the end of the season, he’s unlikely to be leaving this month, so at this point, Arteta might as well make use of him.
However, the manager gave a typically coy response on the possibility of reinstating Ozil, being quoted by The Telegraph as saying: “We will see what happens in the transfer window and we will assess that at the end.”
And the outlet also claims that Ozil is giving his all in training, standing out amongst his peers.
“Telegraph Sport understands that Ozil has continued to demonstrate his technical quality in training, with one source saying he is often one of the best performers behind closed doors,” they wrote.
Is Ozil going to have one last chance to turn out for us, or will his time at the Emirates come to an end without a single minute in his final season? We shall see – but to be honest, I’m not holding my breath.