Opinion: Arteta needs to prove it when he says everyone has a fresh start

Mikel Arteta said earlier in the season that he has given a fresh start to all Arsenal’s players ahead of the new season.

He needed to say that considering that he had axed the likes of Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi from his first-team towards the end of last season.

After that remark, little has changed in terms of the groups of players that he makes his selections from.

The Spaniard has trusted only a select group of players who he has updated with the latest signings that the club has made.

Guendouzi and Ozil are still yet to feature for the club so far, does it mean that they haven’t accepted the offer of a fresh start?

Even in the Carabao Cup which one will think that Arteta will rotate his team and give chances to them, he has overlooked them so far.

I think that he needs to back up those words with action now because time is running out for him to actually prove that he has truly forgiven Ozil and others and that they have a new opportunity.

If the case is that both players haven’t been good enough to be selected, then the club has to find a way to get rid of them as quickly as they can.

Tags Matteo Guendouzi Mesut Ozil mikel arteta

27 Comments

  1. Crispen says:

    MA is doing his best to explain his orders from the top. Ozil refused to take a pay cut.

    1. ken1945 says:

      AND?????????????????

  2. Eddie says:

    “If the case is that both players haven’t been good enough to be selected, then the club has to find a way to get rid of them as quickly as they can.”

    Isn’t that what the club’s been trying to do for weeks now?
    Ozil refusing to leave and Douzi refusing to go on loan.
    What do you expect Arteta to do when they’re not in his plans and they refused to leave?
    Don’t care, they can sit out as long as he wants.
    For when everything fails, the axe will fall on his head, so allow him handle issues whatever way he wants

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Agreed! These players are behaving like leeches. If they have been informed they are not in the manager’s plans, why are they insisting on staying???

  3. Sean Williams says:

    The end of the transfer window is coming and something sad my be upon us. The Spuds may have a better transfer window than us. Argghhh. How we have come to a few days to the end of the transfer window with no midfield imports is really bad. With Torreira and Guendouzi almost out, we have the worst midfield I have seen…..ever. Something doesn’t add up at the Emirates.

    1. AY75 says:

      I was just saying something similar……. it has to be that we’re getting both Aouar and Partey. We can’t seriously hope to compete with this current midfield.

      1. Chalas says:

        I do support you this current midfielders we have were exposed at liverpool and can’t complete with champions. The strikers were staved of clinical passes worse still Xhaka is not mobile

  4. AY75 says:

    4 days to the deadline….. it’s all seeming too quiet…. I wonder why every transfer window has to be like this for us…. waiting till the tail end to wrap up our transfers….. I just hope we’ll all be excited by the end of it.

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I think the clean slate said to be given to every Gunners to have a fresh start in team at the club to compete for his place and take it but if he justified taking it, is not unlimited olive branch that is given to every Gunner to receive it if even if he wanted to.

    But receiving it by him is based on how far he as individual Gunner has accepted to embrace the club’s policy and directives on certain current burning issue affecting the club.

    Such as the fall shortfalls in generated financial income occasioned by the club in their finances during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that is raging and necessitated the club’s management to effect salary pay cut from all the club’s permanent staff including all the Gunners to help the club avert financial suffocation.

    But Ozil tried to lead an uprising within the rank of the Gunners to oppose the pay cut butwhich turned out abortive as he received minimal support with only 2 Gunners teeming up with him in his clandestine subversive move to put the club’s hierarchy bosses to shame.

    But alah! He is now the one and his accomplices that are harvesting the fruits from the evil plant that he has planted.

    Guendouzi for his falling to show sense of remorse for been arrogant and crossly disrespectful to his gaffer and senior club’s officials that also included his team mates, and for his fallings to tender a verbal apology or a letter to apologies unreservedly to his senior team coach and the club’s personalities including his team mates he has crossly offended has to leave Arsenal this summer to make him an example to serve as a deterrent to others.

    1. lcw says:

      “But Ozil tried to lead an uprising within the rank of the Gunners to oppose the pay cut”

      Lies, lies and more lies.

  6. ozziegunner says:

    Mikel Arteta doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone apart from getting the best results he can with the players he has. Why should he have to explain to anyone the rationale being every selection and omission to anyone other than the affected players?
    The people who do have to come up with reasons are the Board and senior executive, who are procrastinating on making the transfers to upgrade the midfield, which every man and his dog know Arsenal needs.
    The CEO and Edu have both stated that Arsenal don’t need to sell to buy and the Club has known for over 12 months that Thomas Partey will cost his buy out of €50 million and Aouar will cost €40 million.
    Josh Kroenke 12 months ago told Arsenal supporters to be “very excited”; in my case I’m still waiting for the Arsenal Board and senior executive to support Arteta in the transfer market to get mildly excited.

    1. lcw says:

      “Mikel Arteta doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone”

      Agree! Except when he makes a clear statement requiring him to do so.

  7. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I think the clean slate said to be given to every Gunner to have a fresh start in the team at the club to compete for his place and take it but if he justified taking it, is not unlimited olive branch that is given to every Gunner to receive it if even if he wants to.

    But receiving it by him is based on how far he as individual Gunner has accepted to embrace the club’s policy and directives on certain current burning issue affecting the club.

    Such issue as the fall shortfalls in generated financial income occasioned by the club in their finances during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that is still raging that necessitated the club’s management to effect a salary pay cut from all the club’s permanent staff including all the Gunners salaries to help the club avert financial suffocation.

    But Ozil tried to lead an uprising within the rank of the Gunners to oppose the pay cut but which turned out abortive for him as he received a minimal support with only 2 Gunners teeming up with him in his clandestine subversive move to put the club’s hierarchy bosses to shame.

    But alas! He is now the one and his accomplices that are harvesting the fruits from the evil plant that he has planted.

    Guendouzi for his falling to show sense of remorse for been arrogant and crossly disrespectful to his gaffer and senior club’s officials that also included his team mates, and for his fallings to tender a verbal apology in time or later a letter to apologies unreservedly to his senior team coach and the club’s personalities including his team mates who he has crossly offended has to leave Arsenal this summer. Which will make him an example to serve as a deterrent to others.

  8. Wenger91 says:

    I’m not sure if we will see them soon or what’s really happening behind the doors, I won’t blame MA for anything because we have a “missing parts” from the story!

    Yes, I wish we can see them both soon if they are staying and respect the team and Coach =)

  9. Oloyede Johnson Akintunde says:

    Torreria is a great defensive midfielder., I still don’t understand why MA don’t like him.. someone should please advise MA to use Torreria. Please

  10. Sue says:

    Will we be surprised if they’re not in the squad tonight? No. They didn’t make it against Leicester, what makes you think tonight will be any different?

    OT.. The Europa league draw takes place tomorrow..

  11. Highbury Hero says:

    Ozil is already a made man at the end of his career. Play him or don’t he has nothing to lose. So far he is the one gaining. If results don’t go Arteta’s way (I don’t wish that to happen so for those who interpret comments to suit your agendas you can save yourselves a few strokes) this Ozil issue might come back to haunt him.

    I still think Guendouzi is treated extremely harsh. What Arsenal are doing is ruining this young lad career. Just because he bragged about his salary? If he is unmanageable or unsaleable I don’t think he won’t find a club to even take him on loan.

  12. TJ says:

    Stop putting unnecessary pressure on the coach ,We cried for a tough coach for years ,We finally got one and we can stop moaning about players who are clearly bad influences on the group .

  13. Simon says:

    Arteta is just been diplomatic… The orders not to play are from above.. He is just a servant. I just wish Matteo can move to another club, ozil will not go elsewhere (why should he).. He has trophies already and 32..arsenal has a club is the one losing.. Kroeke out!

  14. Khadii says:

    He doesn’t have and need to play them if they aren’t giving him the attitude he wants in training.. Guendouzi was initially asked to train alone for the remainder of last season, but he’s back in the fold this season.
    Yes he offered everyone a clean slate, but we have a squad of 33players with only 18 having to make each match day squad.. Definitely not all are going to get to make the squad especially those who don’t impress the manager/coach in training.. Ozil played one preseason match against Aston villa and we lost that match.
    So we can all try to speculate and assume things, but we definitely don’t know what happens behind the scenes and in training.
    I just need the team to keep improving and getting positive results.. I don’t really care how they go about it.. Be it pretty or ugly

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      Every fan need the team to keep improving and getting results. But discussions, speculations, conspiracy theories and the likes is part of being a fan. It’s why sites like this exists.

      1. SueP says:

        We do love a conspiracy theory HH 😉

        1. Highbury Hero says:

          What is life without a good conspiracy theory? A guy needs entertainment 🙃

          1. Khadii says:

            Lol..
            True tho

  15. TL Tan says:

    No one is bigger than the Club. These two names no matter how talented only think for themselves so learn to erase them from your memory and move on..

  16. Mysrsrnal says:

    The present team is a joke,l it won’t be long before we’re expose the both small and large clubs. the midfielders can’t keep or make a decent pass and özil can’t make the team. 🤔

  17. kats says:

    Özil is not a world class play maker, but not only in Arsenal he is the best play maker i the PL. Look at the LIV-ARS match, the ball was either at the Arsenal box or the defenders just by frusturation kicked the ball up where no Laca, Aubu or…could take car. Here was the role of Özil and he would have made differenc. Edu does not want Özil, Edu controlls Arteta who “does not wnt him”
    Matteo is just a kid that Emery tired to make him a personal talant but eventually maybe he would have been growing if he had a chance as given to the valueless Laca

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