Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is being left out of the side this season because Unai Emery believes Dani Ceballos offers more in a creative role. The German has made just two appearances for the Gunners so far this term, the second of which was in a Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest. Ozil has failed to finish the game on either occasion and was in fact taken off in the 71st minute in both matches. Emery was keen on selling Ozil last January, believing the German’s £300,000-a-week wages to be a burden on the club’s finances.
However, Ozil appeared to work his way back into Emery’s plans in the second half of the season but the current campaign suggests the playmaker could be on his way out again.
According to Football.London, Emery simply feels Ozil is no longer the player he once was and that Ceballos offers more in a creative role in Arsenal’s midfield. The Gunners have been playing in a 4-3-3 system without a designated position for a no.10, meaning there’s less room to indulge a player like Ozil. Emery feels Ceballos links the midfield to the attack better than Ozil can, as he can receive the ball from deep and drive through the pitch.
Though Ozil remains a fantastic player, his wages are a barrier to potential suitors. Arsenal searched for clubs to sign the playmaker last January but only received loan offers from Turkey. MLS side DC United have explored signing Ozil once Wayne Rooney departs the club but their interest is only that at this stage.