In an interview with Sky Sports, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has had his say on Gunners playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The Spaniard’s comments suggest that Mesut Ozil has been making progress and Mikel Arteta seems confident that the playmaker can once again become a key figure for the north London outfit.
Mesut Ozil has struggled ever since he signed a new contract with the Gunners two years ago, the World Cup winner earns a staggering £350,000-a-week star with the Emirates outfit, as per BBC Sport.
The 31-year-old has just two assists and no goals in 19 matches across all competitions this season. Mikel Arteta believes that Mesut Ozil has been ‘unlucky’ as a result of missed opportunities.
Here’s what the Arsenal boss had to say on Mesut Ozil:
“He has been unlucky with some of the times that he has put people through and they have not scored. Things like that would have made stats a little bit different.”
“But you don’t go from where he was to where he can be in five weeks, I’m sorry. Even when you really want to do it, it doesn’t always go that way. You have to be so constant. But he is trying so hard and he is very willing.”
Mikel Arteta also gave his thoughts on if Mesut Ozil woes are down to himself or the team:
“I think it goes both ways, the team cannot have the right structure to support him if he doesn’t do some of those non-negotiables.”
“If he does them, then the team can afford to have someone like him to make the difference. In some moments, he has come very close to what I would like to see from him on the pitch.”