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Mikel Arteta hints at possible Mesut Ozil return despite January move links

Mikel Arteta hints at possible Mesut Ozil return despite January move links

Despite plenty of speculation surrounding Mesut Ozil's future at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta seems to have opened the door for a potential return to football for the German in January, yet he also claimed that a decision has not been taken on his future as of yet.

Arsenal have struggled immensely in the Premier League this season, particularly when it comes to scoring goals, with the Gunners finding the net in just two of their last seven league games.

Arsenal are currently 15th in the Premier League, scoring just ten goals in 11 games so far this season.

Ozil was not named in Arsenal's squads for both the Premier League and the UEFA Europa League, and thus he will not be able to play for the time being.

Arteta could re-register the 32-year-old midfielder during the January transfer window, but in order to do so, he would have to reshuffle his whole squad.

However, during his press conference before Arsenal's game against Burnley on Sunday, Arteta said "He's not in the squad right now. I'm focusing just on the players we have here."

He did add that "whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide".

Ozil has not featured for the side since the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the Premier League season in March, and with the German earning £350,000-a-week in north London, he could leave the club on a free due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Plenty of clubs are interested in the German, particularly Turkish side Fenerbahce, and MLS sides Inter Miami and LA Galaxy, with the latter two also monitoring the progress of his situation at Arsenal.


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