Arsenal manager Unai Emery would not be drawn on Mesut Ozil’s long term future at the club. The German has hardly featured for the Gunners this season and has been tipped to leave on loan when the transfer window reopens.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference yesterday, Emery said that the 30-year-old is an Arsenal player at the moment, and he will be considered for selection for upcoming games:
“He’s our player now. We are going to train and after we are going to decide. I am going to decide the best first XI and in the squad also the best who can help us.”
Ozil has made just two appearances for the Gunners this campaign. He started the 2-2 draw against Watford last month before being substituted midway through the second half. He helped to set up the second goal with an excellent through ball for Ainsley Maitland-Niles who crossed for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to finish.
The midfielder’s only other game came in the Carabao Cup where he captained the side to a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest. He was, however, absent from the matchday squad entirely when Arsenal faced Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night.