Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil set for Premier League return against Fulham

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Mesut Ozil could feature for Arsenal this weekend (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil could return to the Arsenal squad for the Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday, with the German being brought back in from the cold by manager MIkel Arteta.

The 31-year-old played in the final friendly of pre-season on Saturday against Aston Villa in a strong Arsenal side which featured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe.

Ozil didn’t play in any of Arsenal’s 13 Premier League games after the return form the coronavirus hiatus, but he appears to have been handed another chance to perform in the first team.

Arsenal get their Premier League campaign underway against newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage at 12.30pm on Saturday.

The former Real Madrid man has a year left on his contract at the club and, despite Arsenal wanting to sell him and get his £350,000-a-week wages off their bill, he looks set to see out the deal in north London.

It now appears that instead of watching him sit on the sidelines for the remaining 12 months of his contract, Arteta is willing to reintegrate him into the first team squad and use him over the coming season.

Where he will fit into Arteta’s new-look side is far from clear, after the arrival of Willian and the likes of Aubameyang, Pepe, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka all competing for similar positions.

However, Ozil has remained clear that he is ready to fight for his place in the team while he is under contract.

‘My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club,’ he told The Athletic last month.

‘Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.’

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