Arsenal manager Unai Emery has challenged out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil to fight for a place in his squad.
Unai Emery said this during his post-match press conference after the Europa League clash with Standard Liege FC of Belgium at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
The Gunners boss was quizzed about Ozil by reporters after the German World Cup winner was left out of the squad for the Europa League game against Standard Liege.
Mesut Ozil has made just two appearances for Arsenal this season.
He played 71 minutes of the Premier League clash at Watford which ended in a 2-2 draw in his first appearance of the season before making his second appearance of the season during the Carabao Cup win over English Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Mesut Ozil also played 71 minutes as the Gunners booked their spot in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup via the 5-0 home win over Nottingham Forest.
The German was an obvious absentee for the Gunners who made two wins from two games in Group F of the Europa League.
Arsenal followed their 3-0 Europa League opening win at German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt with the 4-0 victory at home to Belgian top flight side Standard Liege.
EPL: Confirmed Arsenal Starting Lineup vs Bournemouth
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has the opportunity to lead his team into the fifth round of the FA Cup but he must navigate the Gunners through a tricky fourth round tie at fellow Premier League side Bournemouth.
Arteta and his Arsenal players would be expected to seal their place in the last 16 of the competition at the expense of the Cherries who ended their wretched run with a 3-1 win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in their last league game.
Before the win over Brighton, Bournemouth had picked up just four points from the last ten games in the Premier League.
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Arsenal and Bournemouth have already met twice this season in the league.
The first meeting ended in a 1-0 win for hosts Arsenal courtesy the first half goal from Brazilian international David Luiz. The game took place in October
The second Premier League game between the two teams this season ended in a draw after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out the opening goal of the game scored by Dan Gosling for the hosts Bournemouth.
Possible Arsenal XI: Emiliano Martinez; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Rob Holding, Bukayo Saka; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil; Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicholas Pepe.
EPL: Pablo Mari Transfer, All The Latest Updates
Sunday, January 26
Pablo Mari wishes to speak with Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola.
Pablo Mari revealed that he has never met with Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola and he expresses his desire to speak with him one day.
Saturday, January 25
Flamengo defender Pablo Mari is expected in London this weekend for his Arsenal medical after the two clubs agreed for the player to move back to the Premier League.
According to Arsenal correspondent for Goal Charles Watts, Pablo Mari will join the Gunners on loan for the remainder of this season with the option of a permanent transfer available this summer when his loan period at the Emirates Stadium comes to an end.
Pablo Mari was on the books at Premier League champions Manchester City for three years before his exit last summer.
The 26-year-old Spanish center-back was sent on loan to three different clubs during his time at Manchester City as he failed to register an appearance for the Citizens during his time with the club.
He was first sent on loan to feeder club Girona in Spain and then Dutch top-flight side NAC Breda before ending up at Deportivo La Coruna also in his native Spain.
Pablo Mari left Manchester City for Flamengo in the Brazilian Serie A at the start of this season for just £1m and went on to become a key player for the Brazilians whom he helped to win both the COPA Libertadores title and the league title.
How Arsenal Will Lineup When Pablo Mari Completes His Loan Transfer
Arsenal have moved quickly to strengthen their defence for the rest of the season after Spanish defender Pablo Mari agreed a deal to join the Gunners.
Pablo Mari is a key player for reigning Brazilian Serie A champions and COPA Libertadores title holders Flamengo who have an agreement in place with Arsenal for the Spanish centre back to join on loan till this summer.
The player touched down in London for his Arsenal medical earlier this weekend in the company of sporting director Edu.
Both Pablo Mari and Edu flew to London from Rio De Janiero in Brazil together.
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Pablo Mari was in the Premier League with Champions Manchester City before he completed a £1m transfer to Flamengo where he enhanced his reputation as a ball playing central defender.
He forged a very good centre back partnership with Rodrigo Ciao at Flamengo and that was instrumental to the end of their title drought in the COPA Libertadores as Flamengo won the competition for the first time in over three decades.
Flamengo also won the league title in the Brazilian top flight aided by the centre back pairing.
Arsenal XI with Pablo Mari in it is expected to be different a little bit with Sokratis Papasthathopoulos droppong out for him probably.
Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicholas Pepe.
EPL: Aubameyang Transfer, All The Latest Updates
Sunday, January 26
Barcelona have turned their interest towards Rodrigo as a replacement for Luis Suarez this January transfer window, opening the door for Paris Saint-Germain to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Saturday, January 25
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t be joining Spanish champions Barcelona this month according to the London Evening Standard.
Earlier reports had stated that Barcelona want to sign the Arsenal skipper on loan till this summer before they spend big on a striker like Lautaro Martinez who plays for Italian Serie A title contenders Inter Milan.
The above mentioned report stated that Barcelona are no longer interested in signing Aubameyang as they have concerns over his age (the Gabonese international will be 31 by June), the difficulty of doing a deal for him in the middle of the season.
Barcelona are looking for a new striker after Luis Suarez was ruled out for several months as a result of the knee injury he sustained earlier this month.
Luis Suarez has undergone knee surgery and rehabilitation will take close to four months.
Apart from Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Barcelona have been linked with Valencia and Spanish international striker Rodrigo Moreno who has a €60m release clause in his contract.
Valencia are open to the negotiation table for Rodrigo Moreno meaning that Barcelona can sign the striker for a lesser transfer fee than the release clause in his present deal with the Spanish Copa Del Rey holders.
EPL: Arsenal ‘In Talks’ Over Potential Deal For Thomas Lemar
North London club Arsenal are said to be in talks to sign Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar who is surplus to requirements at the Spanish capital club.
According to French publication RMC Sport, Arsenal are in negotiations to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid but a deal has not been agreed for him.
Thomas Lemar joined Atletico Madrid from former French champions AS Monaco at the start of the last campaign in a deal reported to be around £52.7m but the French international has not lived up to his price tag as he has struggled to make an impact for the Rojiblancos.
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Atletico Madrid want to sell him to fund the move for a new striker believed to be experienced Paris Saint Germain (PSG) hitman Edinson Cavani.
PSG director Leonardo recently confirmed a €10m bid from Atletico Madrid for Cavani before revealing that the offer was turned down.
Atletico Madrid want to sign the Uruguayan striker before the transfer window closes next week.
The player has already been offered a two-and-a-half-year deal by Atletico Madrid until the end of the 2021/22 season.
Edinson Cavani has scored 198 goals in 293 games since he joined from Napoli in the Italian Serie A around eight years ago.
EPL: How Arsenal Plan To Sign Mykola Matviyenko
Arsenal have submitted a loan offer for Shakthar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko as they bid to ease their defensive worries this season.
This is according to Sky Sports which stated that the Gunners want to sign the 23-year-old centre back on a temporary deal until this summer with the option of signing him permanently afterwards.
Ukrainian champions Shakthar Donetsk prefer a permanent deal for the £30m-rated centre back to the idea of a loan transfer that has the opportunity of not working as expected.
For now, Arsenal will have to navigate through this season with unreliable defenders like David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.
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Arsenal have had to deal with the serious injury suffered by Calum Chambers plus the decision to send young defender Kostantinos Mavropanos to German Bundesliga two outfit Nurnberg.
The numerous defensive issues have impacted negatively on Arsenal who find themselves in 10th position on the league table with 14 Premier League games still to play this season.
Arsenal are ten points adrift of the top four spots on the Premier League log.
Still on Arsenal and their defensive issues, the Gunners are said to be closing in on the £7.5m signing of Flamengo defender Pablo Mari.
EPL: Arsenal To Triple Player Salary Amidst Transfer Scare
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have concluded plans to triple the salary of sensational attacker Gabriel Martinelli to ward off the interest of the Spanish club Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are said to be weighing up a £50m move for the young Arsenal player who has a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2024.
Gabriel Martinelli has been a revelation for the Gunners this season since his £7m transfer from Ituano in his native Brazil.
The young attacker was playing lower league football in Brazil before Arsenal swoop in on him.
Martinelli is the second topscorer in the Arsenal team with 10 goals in all competitions.
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The 10 goals have been in just 11 starts this season.
The 18-year-old has played 21 games for the Gunners since his transfer to North London last summer.
He earns £10,000 on a weekly basis and Arsenal are ready to triple his salary to £30,000 per week.
Gabriel Martinelli has taken his chance in the team after he replaced the suspended club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the team.
Aubameyang was suspended after his red card during the London Derby clash with hosts Crystal Palace in the Premier League earlier this month.
Gabriel Martinelli has scored two goals in two league games since replacing Aubameyang.
EPL: Arsenal Suffer Another Transfer Blow
Arsenal have been dealt a big transfer blow following the news that they are set to miss out on one of their midfield targets.
Atletico Paranaense star Bruno Guimares has been on the radar of Arsenal in the past months but it looks like the player will be heading to France and not North London after French Ligue 1 club Lyon agreed on a deal to sign him.
As reported by French media portal L’Equipe, Lyon have reached an agreement to sign the 22-year-old midfielder for €25m this month.
It was also revealed that Lyon will now discuss personal terms with the player after the French giants reached an agreement with his Brazilian Serie A club over his transfer.
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Lyon were able to overcome the hurdle of his club retaining some of his economic rights to reach a transfer fee agreement.
Earlier reports had claimed that Arsenal would make a move for the Brazilian midfielder in the summer. This was before other clubs showed interest in signing him this month.
The interest of other European teams like Benfica and Lyon forced the Gunners to the negotiation table but it seems that would be enough to secure the signing of the player with Champions League campaigners Lyon primed to seal his transfer.