Mesut Ozil missed another away game up north with an injury, but had he been fit he would not have been included in the squad according to Freddie Ljungberg.
Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park, the interim head coach revealed that the German’s behaviour when substituted against Man City last weekend would have seen him disciplined had he been available for selection.
Ozil reacted poorly to being taken off, kicked his gloves away in an open show of dissent, and to Ljungberg that behaviour was unacceptable.
“For me, I got asked after the game about Mesut,” said Freddie.
“He walked off the pitch and then kicked his gloves. The fans were not happy.
“I got asked about it and said, ‘At Arsenal, that’s not how we behave and not what we do’.
“I stand by that. Mesut was injured but I would not have picked him for the squad because I want to make a stance that it’s not what I accept from an Arsenal football player.
“That’s my decision. I won’t make the decisions again but that’s what I think.”
The ball is now very much in Mikel Arteta’s court, this will be an issue for him to deal with going forward, and at his introductory press conference on Friday he said it was one of the challenges he faces.
“He’s a massive player for this football club,” said the new head coach.
“I work with him and I know when he clicks, what he can bring to the team. It’s my job to get the best out of him, of course.”
Ozil has been linked strongly with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce in recent days, but we’ll have to see what role Arteta envisions for him in his squad.