Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil has worked well in training during the last couple of weeks and is in contention to be selected for Saturday’s crunch clash with Chelsea.
Back and knee injuries, coupled with Unai Emery’s tactical outlook, have meant the German has featured in only three of Arsenal’s last 10 Premier League games.
The situation has led to suggestions that the Spaniard is pushing for the club’s highest-earner to be sold to free up funds for other transfers, however, he maintains that he’s not thinking about such a drastic course of action.
“I’m not thinking about that,” Emery told his pre-Chelsea press conference when asked if the 30-year-old could leave in January.
“I’m thinking about how he can help us this year with good performances. He’s had injuries and not been okay to play matches, but now after these two weeks maybe this Saturday will be okay for him.”
The boss, as he’s done numerous times in recent weeks, also made clear that Ozil’s status as the club’s most high-profile star doesn’t mean he gets preferential treatment. In Emery’s eyes, all players are equal.
“I’ve spoken to him because I want consistency,” he said. “He’s had some injuries and these injuries mean that sometimes he is okay and sometimes he isn’t okay.
“I want every player to give the same work every day to be okay for every match. With Mesut it’s the same. He didn’t play the last matches but to me he’s just like any other player. This Saturday he can be with us if he’s okay.
He added: “He’s training consistently with his work over the past two weeks and I think he can be [selected on Saturday].
“I like to create the same spirit for all, and that spirit is every players gets and gives consistent work and moments with their performances but it’s not easy.
“Sometimes you are better and sometimes you are worse. I’m working with every player in the same way. The most important thing for me is how he can help us and how every player can help us with their consistency.”
The odd social media post aside, we’ve not heard from Ozil directly about his future at the Emirates. His agent did claim on his behalf that he remains committed to the club.