Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is considering involving Mesut Ozil in the Gunners’ opening Premier League game of the season on Saturday, according to a report.
The midfielder‘s influence has waned in recent seasons, after his impressive start to life at The Emirates.
Indeed, his demise in the team reached boiling point after the coronavirus lockdown. He did not feature in any of Arsenal’s 13 Premier League games, making the bench on only three occasions.
What’s more, swirling rumours that he could leave have coupled the distinct lack of game time. However, Ozil and his agent have repeatedly insisted that the player will see out his contract.
According to The Sun, Arteta feels the same way and, with less than a year left on his deal, the Spaniard believes Ozil would fare better with a role in his team before he leaves.
The newspaper adds that Arteta received encouragement from Ozil’s first run-out in six months on Saturday. The 31-year-old played a part as the Gunners lost 3-2 to Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly.
Indeed, it was Ozil’s ability to play in 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formations that reportedly impressed Arteta. The manager hopes to use such tactics against the Premier League’s lesser teams.
And with Arsenal playing newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday, The Sun says Arteta could give Ozil a chance to impress in a rare taste of Premier League action.
It is unclear how long he will feature for, but Arteta hopes he can find a formation in which Ozil can rediscover his form.
ARSENAL CONSIDERING PARTEY SWAP
Meanwhile, further reports claim Arsenal are considering a swap deal in a bid to sign Thomas Partey.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder is one of the Gunners’ top targets this transfer window, following the arrivals of Cedric Soares and Gabriel Magalhaes.
Now, Partey has reportedly rejected a new deal in the Spanish capital, with Arsenal ready to offer a midfielder as part of a deal.