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Mesut Ozil has only played 142 minutes for Arsenal this season as Unai Emery continues to overlook him
Last Updated: 04/10/19 3:30pm
What’s the situation with Ozil? Mesut Ozil has only made two appearances this season The mystery surrounding Mesut Ozil intensified when he was left out of Arsenal’s squad for their 4-0 win over Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday. It was the sixth time in 10 games this season that the playmaker, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has been omitted by Unai Emery.Emery explains Ozil omissionMartinelli inspires Arsenal routOzil was confirmed as one of Emery’s five captains last week along with Granit Xhaka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin, but while the rest of the leadership team have featured whenever they have been available, Arsenal’s No 10 has been a peripheral figure. In fact, Ozil has only appeared in two games so far. He started the 2-2 draw against Watford last month but was replaced by Reiss Nelson in the 71st minute. Then, and despite wearing the captain’s armband for the night, he was substituted again during the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, making way for Dani Ceballos.Why is Ozil not playing?Ozil was unavailable for selection for Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle on the opening day of the season after he and team-mate Sead Kolasinac were victims of an attempted armed robbery in July, which was followed by what the club described as “further security incidents” at the time.But while Kolasinac returned to the squad for Arsenal’s next game, appearing from the bench in the 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, Ozil remained absent. There were suggestions he was suffering from sickness and he only came back
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