Mikel Arteta open to welcoming Mesut Ozil from exile after Arsenal fall to 15th on table

Arsenal football club manager, Mikel Arteta, has opened the door for star player Mesut Ozil to return to the squad in January.

Ozil has been frozen out of the Arteta’s team since March and was not included in either of the Gunners’ squads for the Premier League or the Europa League.

Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently spoke out in defence of Ozil, claiming he is not a difficult character to manage.

“He was not difficult to manage. He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun,” the legendary former Arsenal boss told ESPN.

“He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive.

“They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best.”

Wenger offered Arteta some advice to get the best out of Ozil.

“You have two ways to see a football team. You get everybody to do the same. The same intensity of work, the same defensive work or you find a compromise,” he added.

“You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies.

“That is what you have to think about.”

Ozil’s deal is up at the end of the season and his Arsenal career seemed over, but after Arsenal’s Sunday loss to Burnley, which has now placed them in a miserly 15th on the EPL table, Arteta who is under pressure to deliver or be sacked, is considering reinstating Ozil back to the team.

“He’s not in the squad right now,” Arteta said in a press conference.

“I’m focusing just on the players we have here.

“But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide.”

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