Edu tells Mesut Ozil how to earn back his spot on the team

Mesut Ozil has been frozen out of the Arsenal first team for some time now.

The German, who remains the club’s highest earner, has been in poor form and that has forced Mikel Arteta to axe him from his first-team plans.

Ozil only earned a recall recently in Arsenal’s friendly game against Aston Villa ahead of the new season.

The German has continued to claim that he is fit and ready to play, often posting that on social media, however, Arteta makes the call on who starts and Edu has revealed what the German has to do to get back in the team.

The Arsenal technical director revealed that the Spaniard only picks players who have done well in training and in matches and Ozil can earn his spot back if he impresses the former Arsenal midfielder.

He added that he knows Ozil is a top player, but the performance of the individual is what counts.

He said via Sun Sports: “Here, we are talking of course about performance.

“Players with performance in training, the game, they are going to have the opportunities because Mikel already showed that.

“It is for everyone. We know how important everybody is.

“I know how important and how big the player is when you mention Mesut but in the end we are talking about performance here.

“If he is performing well, people are performing well, who is the best in training the best in the game, I’m sure Mikel is going to select them to be in the squads to play games or be on the bench.”

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  1. While what he is saying is true, we all know those were not the reasons of Mesut’s freezing. You aren’t fooling anyone Edu.

    Nonetheless, the ball is in Mesut’s court now to get back in the team. And when given chance is he gonna rise from the ashes or flatter to deceive?

  2. Edu is probably behind benching Ozil for money reasons to begin with. That put Artera in a bad situation. Edu a technical director has no business singling out one player. That’s the job of the manger and if Edu continues that will create friction between the two. On whether there is an update on Ozil, Artera said today:
    “All the players have been training and putting in maximum effort in every training session and this is what I expect from all of them.” It looks like Edu and Artera are not on the same wave length.

  3. In another part of the interview that I have read, Edu also hints that the decision by Ozil not to take a pay cut, was also a reason for him being dropped.

    At the end of the day, MA has given everyone a clean bill of health and we need to get behind him – it really couldn’t be much simpler than that in my opinion.

    1. Can you quote that part for us Ken? Would be interesting to see what he says about that verbatim, if you’re not assuming that is.

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