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Sport Arteta offers a blunt assessment on why Mesut Ozil's exile continued

03:10  24 september  2020
03:10  24 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Questioned on Ozil ’ s ‘ready’ message on social media, and whether he will be in the squad that takes on City, Arteta responded frostily: ‘Yeah he’ s been training.’ Probed further on whether that means Ozil is in the squad, Arteta continued : ‘I haven’t done the squad yet.

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Mikel Arteta suggested his Arsenal side is evolving without Mesut Ozil as the club's highest-paid player again missed out on the squad for Wednesday's Carabao Cup win at Leicester.

The Gunners made seven changes at the King Power Stadium as a Christian Fuchs own goal and late Eddie Nketiah tap-in sealed a 2-0 victory for the visitors.

Despite those alterations there was still no room in the matchday squad for either Ozil or Matteo Guendouzi, who have yet to kick a ball this season.

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Mikel Arteta holding his hand up: Mikel Arteta suggested his Arsenal side is evolving without Mesut Ozil as he missed out again © Provided by Daily Mail Mikel Arteta suggested his Arsenal side is evolving without Mesut Ozil as he missed out again Mesut Ozil wearing a football uniform: Ozil has not been involved since Project Restart having previously started every game © Provided by Daily Mail Ozil has not been involved since Project Restart having previously started every game

Ozil has not been involved at all since Project Restart having previously started every Premier League game under Arteta before lockdown.

Asked why the World Cup winner had fallen out of favour, Arteta replied: 'The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving.

'This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better.

We need to keep maintaining that.

'I'm really happy with the performance here, how difficult they're making things for the coaching staff to select the squad.

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Arteta wants Ozil to continue to perform in training (Picture: Getty). ‘He has the will and if he is in a better moment than somebody else, I Ljungberg hit out at Ozil ’ s angry reaction to being substituted in the heavy defeat to Manchester City, but Arteta urged the German to continue performing in training.

Mikel Arteta says Mesut Ozil is still in the “same position” as he was two weeks ago as he attempts to get back in the Arsenal team. Arsenal boss Arteta had previously given Ozil hope of playing before the end of the season, he said: “Players can adapt to different systems and we can adapt systems for

Mikel Arteta standing in front of a crowd: Arteta rsaid: 'The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving' as Ozil missed out © Provided by Daily Mail Arteta rsaid: 'The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving' as Ozil missed out

'We are picking the players that we believe are the best for each game. You can see we keep training, it's what we're trying to do.

'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.

'Of course I understand and I respect your questions but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.'

Arsenal will face either Lincoln or Liverpool in round four and, if Jurgen Klopp's Reds win on Thursday, it means two quick trips to Anfield for Arteta and his players.

The Premier League game on Monday night has been moved forwards to an 8pm kick-off to fall in line with new Covid guidelines for pub closing times.

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'You can imagine, probably the toughest place to go in Europe or the world. That's the fixtures, we have to go there,' Arteta added on the prospect of two away games against the champions.

'Let's go first on Monday, let's prepare well and see how it goes.'

Mikel Arteta in a blue shirt: Arsenal will face either Lincoln or Liverpool in round four after 2-0 victory over Leicester © Provided by Daily Mail Arsenal will face either Lincoln or Liverpool in round four after 2-0 victory over Leicester

While Arteta shuffled his pack, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers played with an entire new deck as the Foxes side showed 11 alterations from Sunday's win over Burnley.

'I think if we are going to lose a game, I would lose in that way in terms of the players showed good energy in the game,' Rodgers said following the defeat.

'There were moments of quality in it and even though there were lots of players playing their first minutes of the season the cohesion in the team was very good.

'I'm obviously disappointed with the goals, that was the only criticism - it was two scruffy goals that we lost to.'

Wilfred Ndidi was not involved for Leicester and Rodgers revealed after the match that the Nigeria international may be sidelined for up to 12 weeks with an abductor injury suffered against Burnley.

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Mesut Ozil ' s exile from Unai Emery' s squad continues as Arsenal host Bournemouth on Sunday. It’ s understood that Ozil is not injured as he trained with the rest of his Arsenal teammates on Saturday. Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny ‘had doubts’ and lacked self-belief at Arsenal.

Arteta is impressed with Arsenal’ s squad and in no rush to panic buy (Picture: Getty). Arsenal much prefer doing business in the summer, which head of Eddie Nketiah, meanwhile, is still expected to leave on loan; Arteta was keen to get a closer look at him in training and likes his qualities, but feels

'We are just waiting to hear more on that, but he could be anything between six and 12 weeks,' he said.

'It is an abductor injury - it may have come off the bone which could be a nasty injury, so we will wait to see if needs an operation - it does then it will be 12 weeks.'

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