Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil will return to the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s visit of Burnley and believes he has a future at the Emirates.
Ozil did not make the substitutes’ bench for the Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to rivals Tottenham in midweek and has been on the fringes of the team in recent weeks.
He missed four recent games with a back problem but has started just once since November 11 – and that was a Europa League dead rubber at home to Qarabag.
The 30-year-old was a mainstay in the Gunners side under previous manager Arsene Wenger but Emery has shown he has no issue with keeping the club’s highest-paid player on the sidelines.
Asked if Ozil will be in the squad to face Burnley, Emery said: “Yes. “I want every player with a good mentality to help us and give us their characteristics and quality.
We need Mesut Ozil. “Every player wants to play and be okay to help the team when we need. The frustration is the same for everybody when they didn’t play in a match.
“But I spoke with him and with regularity in the season, I am telling him what we need from him and he has the commitment to help us and the quality and the characteristics to help us when the team needs his moments in the pitch in one game, he is in the 18 players, in the squad.”
Ozil’s lack of game-time has led to rumours linking him with a January move away from the club – although when asked if the former Germany international has future at Arsenal Emery replied: “Yes, why not?”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.