Wilshere still making a case for Mesut Ozil’s inclusion

Jack Wilshere has called for the recall of Mesut Ozil into the Arsenal first-team again as the Gunners struggle to score goals.

Wilshere and Ozil played together in the Arsenal midfield before the Englishman left the Emirates in 2018.

Ozil was a key player for the club when Mikel Arteta first replaced Unai Emery as the club’s manager late last year.

The German played on in the team until March when the coronavirus pandemic forced football around the world to be suspended.

At the restart of football, Arteta realised that the midfielder was simply not going to be up to scratch and he decided to axe him from his first-team plans.

The German has since been omitted from the Arsenal squads for the Premier League and the Europa League.

He is now left with no football until at least January, but as the Gunners struggle to score goals, Wilshere thinks he is the answer.

Wilshere told Sky Sports News: ‘I think he’d be a big player in that team. I would love to see Ozil play in that team under Arteta but obviously that’s not happening at the moment. 

‘He could get on the ball and feed the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette. 

‘I loved playing with him. He was a top player. It’s a shame, but what is happening is happening, and no one knows but I’m sure everyone will find out one day.’

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  1. So AdMartin- your dislike of Mesut Ozil has been well publicised. But it seems more and more players and supporters recognise that the team is not performing and Ozil would make a difference.
    The same old tired voices of Jon Fox and TMJW will simply say that workrate is more important in an Arteta side than anything else. But we have all seen for ourselves since the season started that something else is needed other than running around and going exactly nowhere. Surely even you must see this.
    If it was Arteta’s decision to exclude him from the EPL and EL squads, which I do not believe for a second, then that action may well just cost him his job. He is a manager who seems to be clueless in how to get a team set up to be both defensively and offensively in sinc. We are, at this time, an absolute embarrassment.
    We have a player on ( reportedly) £300k+ per week in Aubamayang who showed no enthusiasm for a supposed team leader on Sunday. He looked as though he was clueless as to exactly what his job was meant to be. Why? Because he simply has zero service and little or no confidence of what the team were set up to do.
    Surely a blind man can see that something is dramatically wrong don’t you think?
    Foxy and TMJW will say Ozil has had enough chances to have impressed Arteta, but then surely the same can be said if every single player that was out there on Sunday, with the exceptions of Gabriel, Luiz, Tierney. The rest? Well, forget their wages, Their performances were an embarrassment to themselves and Arsenal Football Club, and have been all season.
    Would Ozil make a difference? Well he certainly would not perform any worst that for sure

    1. What they did to Ozil is shameless and MA saying he couldn’t help Ozil is laughable.
      Ozil is certainly better off without his help.

  2. An excellent analysis Phil, but one that will fall on deaf ears I’m afraid…not only from MA, but Phil and TMJW amongst others.

    I think the most criminal thing about all of this, is the fact that, whoever decided on this action, the had no plan going forward – as can be seen by the results and the woeful figure that Aubameyang is cutting these days.

    He’s not even a headless chicken, but rather, looks like a turkey ready for plucking – where has that contagious smile gone?

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