Mikel Arteta gives reasons why Ozil isnt playing for Arsenal
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Mikel Arteta gives reasons why Ozil isnt playing for Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed why midfielder Mesut Ozil is yet to play for his side this season.

Many of the club fans thought Ozil would be given a run in the club’s Wednesday night EFL Cup clash against Leicester City but once again the midfielder was omitted.

Speaking after the game, Arteta admitted that Ozil will find it difficult to break into the squad which he described as evolving.

“The team is evolving and you can see the level they are achieving. We want to evolve more and play better, so we need to maintain that.

“I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition. We are picking players we believe are the best for each game and as you can see, we keep changing.

“You can see ... that it is very difficult - not just for Mesut but for some to make the squad. Every week, we try to pick the right players,” Arteta said.

Ozil, whose contract is set to expire next June, did not feature towards the end of last season and was not named in Arsenal’s matchday squad for the first three games of the new campaign.

Arsenal who have had a perfect start to the season will face a sterner test in their next outing as they face champions Liverpool in the league.

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