Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out the possibility of Mesut Ozil being reintroduced to the first-team in the second half of the season.

The former Germany international has not yet played a competitive game for Arsenal this season despite not being injured. He was also not included in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad, which seemingly indicates that he is surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

In Arsenal’s defence, Ozil seems to have lost his love for the game following Germany’s shock 2018 World Cup exit. He has not been the same player and has often been ridiculed by the club’s fans.

Ozil was subjected to heavy criticism for his performance as Germany shockingly exited the World Cup at the group stage.

Given that his contract expires at the end of the season, it is unlikely that he will remain at the Emirates beyond the 2020-21 campaign. However, with Arsenal currently in a crisis, they will have to look at using all the resources that they have, even if it means reintroducing Ozil to the first-team.

“He’s not in the squad right now. I’m focusing just on the players we have here,” said Arteta as quoted by TeamTalk.

“But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide.”

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