Arsenal’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi says he’s hopeful that Arsenal will see more of Mesut Ozil this season, declaring that his quality is not in question.
However, like Unai Emery, he appears to have raised question marks over his work-rate and suggested that he needs to do more to win a place back in the team again.
Speaking at a Fan’s Forum event last night, the Spaniard said, “There is nothing against Mesut. On the contrary, I hope we get to see him much more in the next games because his qualities are without question, but he needs to contribute 24-7 and that’s what Unai expects from him.
“It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time, but Unai can’t treat him differently than any other player.
“You may have read that Unai has put a barrier up, but nothing at all like this has happened.”
Ozil has played just 71 minutes of Premier League football this season, and hasn’t been in the squad for the last few games with Emery saying other players deserved a place ahead of the German who remains the club’s highest paid player by some distance.
There have been reports that Ozil has put his house up for sale, leading to speculation that he’s preparing for a move, but given the sinister attack on him earlier this season and the fact his property was shown on TV, he might just be moving away for security reasons.