Arsene Wenger gives advice to Mikel Arteta on Mesut Ozil situation

Arsene Wenger signed Mesut Ozil for Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013
Arsene Wenger signed Mesut Ozil for Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has denied the suggestion that Mesut Ozil is a difficult player to manager but believes he needs to be shown constant support if Mikel Arteta decides to resurrect the German’s Arsenal career.

The 32-year-old featured prominently during the first few months of Arteta’s tenure but has been exiled since the Premier League resumed in June and hasn’t featured at all for the club this season.

In his absence, Arsenal have struggled to unlock opposition defences and appear to be crying out for the creative qualities the former Real Madrid star possess in abundance.

The Gunners have scored just 10 goals in their 11 top flight games so far this season, while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t found the back of the net from open play since the opening day of the campaign.

Mesut Ozil already appears to have played his last game for Arsenal
Mesut Ozil already appears to have played his last game for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

It appears unlikely that, despite a run of form which has seen Arsenal drop to 15th place in the table, Ozil will play for the club again, much to Wenger’s sadness.

‘He was not difficult to manage,’ Wenger told ESPN’s Caught Offside podcast.

‘He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun. 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.

‘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.

‘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.’

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