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Arsenal: The issue with Mesut Ozil finally revealed

Timothy Aiyeku

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The situation with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal has been a mystery to many as no convincing explanation has been given for his continued snub from games.

The German International has not played any competitive game for the North London club since last season and to make it worst, his name was missing from Mikel Arteta’s Europa League squad.

It is also feared that the former Real Madrid player will not play a single game for Arsenal again before he leaves in the coming summer window.

The only explanation given by the Spanish boss is that Mesut Ozil is being snubbed for technical reasons and that has not been satisfactory to the fans and pundits.

However, Martin Keown has revealed that Mesut Ozil is now a changed player as he is no longer the person that was known during the spell of former manager Arsene Wenger.

Martin Keown added that everything about Mesut Ozil changed immediately he was handed a whopping £350,000 weekly wage to make him the highest paid player of the club.

He stressed that Mesut Ozil seems to be in his comfort zone and cannot be accommodated forever.

From his body language, Mesut Ozil has proven that he does not care about his situation at the club.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Alexandre Lacazette’s future could have been decided already

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The exit of French striker Alexandre Lacazette might have been delayed but it could still happen in the nearest future if the latest development is anything to relate with.

The future of the former Lyon striker was up in the air during the summer transfer window as it was claimed that he would be leaving the club with Atletico Madrid and Juventus as his likely destination but that did not happen as manager Mikel Arteta decided to keep him for the season.

However, Alexandre Lacazette has not been a regular in the Arsenal team as he is mostly used to bench roles. The game against Man City has given the hint that he might not be needed in the Arsenal team with the Spanish boss preferring to use Brazilian international Willian in the centre-forward position knowing that he is a natural winger.

This has raised concerns over the future of Alexandre Lacazette and it is claimed that he might be nearing his exit from the club to have him secure a regular playing time elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the former Man City assistant manager has been accused of being disrespectful to Alexandre Lacazette and not having faith in his ability to lead the team’s attack.

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Is another Mesut Ozil situation happening already?

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It is feared that another Mesut Ozil situation might be happening again at the English Premier League club Arsenal with the recent controversies surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

It is no longer news to everyone Mesut Ozil has been accused of falling to his comfort zone and not giving his best to the club after he was handed a whopping £350,000-weekly deal to make him the club highest-paid player.

For many months, the North London outfit have not enjoyed the service of their highest-paid player and he seems to be satisfied with it, going by his social media posts and his activities during training.

The same seems to be happening with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has not been at his best since he was handed a new and improved deal by the club.

Concerns were raised by Arsenal fans after the former Borussia Dortmund striker failed to help the team in the 1-0 defeat against Man City as it has been observed that he has not scored a goal for few games and has not been at his best.

In a witty response to the criticisms, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took to his Instagram to post a picture of himself doing an exercise and captioned it “A lot of bla bla. At the end we speak as usual” and this has not gone well with fans.

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Saliba: Why Mikel Arteta might be right at the end

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English Premier League outfit Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been under attack for keeping William Saliba at the club when he is yet to be handed his debut despite being hyped as a quality player.

The young defender signed for the North London outfit in 2019 but he is yet to be handed his debut as he was loaned out for a season to his former French club.

Now that he has returned, his name is missing from the Europa League squad and the chances of playing in the Premier League are slim. Mikel Arteta had the opportunity of loaning him out during the summer transfer window but failed to do that and was blasted by William Saliba’s former manager.

However, the decision to keep William Saliba might have been justified with the injury of Rob Holding as his presence at the club now gives more options to the club as well as an opportunity for him to have his debut.

The reason for snubbing Willaim Saliba from the Europa League squad is unknown but the current happening and injury situation might have proven him right as he might reconsider his decision and have the player called back into the squad.

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Arsenal have this to boast of despite Man City defeat

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The majority of Arsenal fans have been left disappointed after seeing the team fall by a goal to Man City at the weekend as it hints that the situation has not changed.

The goal by Raheem Sterling was enough to condemn Arsenal for not having what it takes to win any of the big six teams since 2015.

However, goalkeeper Bernd Leno suggests that there are positives that must be celebrated from the game as he boasts that the North London outfit have been able to close the gap on Man City at the top.

He confessed to being disappointed by the defeat, noting that the team felt down but he is proud of the good display in the game because the team competed against Man City which led to the slim win.

Bernd Leno affirmed that the last game against Man City at the Etihad ended in a 3-0 defeat against but that has been slimmed down with the big difference that was witnessed.

According to him, his team’s inability to get past Man City goalkeeper Edison was the only stumbling block in their game as they should have delivered a win or shared the spoil.

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Arsene Wenger finally reveal the reasons why he left Arsenal

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For about 22 years, legendary French manager Arsene Wenger was in charge at Arsenal before he shocked the fans to leave the Emirates Stadium in 2018.

The last few years of the Frenchman was characterized by an internal crisis at the club and that was motivated by the bad results from games and the inability to secure the top four qualification.

When he resigned, Arsene Wenger only told us that it was time for him to leave, not citing any reasons behind his decision.

Now he has decided to open up by stating that he was confused about the happenings at the club as he did not know who was in charge because of the disunity and uncertainty.

He, therefore, added that things look to be changing now with the club making efforts to invest, he said Arsenal are now making effort to create a unit which will be followed by making good technical decisions.

Arsene Wenger stated that the target going forward is to find stability and balance between defending and attacking in the team and that is what manager Mikel Arteta must do.

However, the former Arsenal boss hailed Mikel Arteta as he noted that the club has regained its values but it is yet to be known if the values will continue in the long run or not.

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Mikel Arteta has already made one major mistake

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams is of the opinion that manager Mikel Arteta has made a mistake in allowing former goalkeeper Emi Martinez to leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Emi Martinez left the North London outfit to join Aston Villa for a fee of £20 million after he was instrumental in the Gunners victory in the FA Cup as a result of Bernd Leno’s injury.

The best of Emi Martinez was just seen when he left the club and the Arsenal legend insists that he should have been kept at the club at all cost.

Still reacting on the 1-0 defeat suffered by the North London outfit against Man City, Tony Adams stated that Emi Martinez was still needed at the club because of his quality and what he has to offer.

However, the North London outfit have already secured the service of Alex Runner as a replacement but he is yet to make a Premier League debut.

Howbeit, Emi Martinez insisted on leaving the club as he was no longer interested in being a second-choice goalkeeper. Mikel Arteta has never hidden the fact that Bernd Leno will always be called ahead of him especially for the big games as the Premier League and the Europa League.

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Mikel Arteta delivers damning Thomas Partey news

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Going by the hype on Arsenal’s new recruit Thomas Partey, the expectations of the fans is that he will go straight into the team to make the difference that has been wished for.

Sadly for the Gunners fans, he did not get a full debut as he only had a few minutes in the 1-0 defeat against Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

There have been questions coming as to why Mikel Arteta refused to start the Ghanaian international and he has an answer already.

The Spanish boss noted that he was pleased with what he saw in the few minutes handed to the 27-year-old but told the fans that they have to respect the process and timing for Thomas Partey.

He stated that Thomas Partey only trainee once with the team before the game and there is a need for him to understand the new models and information at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the North London outfit will be in action again in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna on Thursday and that could be the first full debut for Thomas Partey knowing that he would have trained more with the team.

Thomas Partey joined Arsenal on the summer transfer deadline day after his £45 million release clause was activated.

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Why Tottenham are no laughing stock yet

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Graeme Souness has stated that North London outfit Tottenham are no laughing stock despite losing a 3-0 lead to ending 3-3 against West Ham United at the weekend.

The North London outfit were able to make some additions in the summer transfer window but they are yet to enjoy the dividend as they were unable to pick all three points despite an early 3-0 lead in the first half, all thanks to a brace by Harry Kane and another goal by Son.

Graeme Souness has therefore warned clubs like Man United and Arsenal that the best of Tottenham will still be seen once Gareth Bale begins to play regularly.

He noted that Spurs will later be at the same level as Liverpool and Man City when Bale is fully on board. Graeme Souness also tipped Tottenham to now return to the Champions League with the guardians of Jose Mourinho.

Graeme Souness noted that the former Real Madrid star cannot make Tottenham the big club alone but that there are combinations of potency in the current attack of the club.

He stressed that the Tottenham attack which includes, Harry Kane, Gareth Bale, and Son can now be compared with that of the current Premier League title holders, Liverpool.

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