Arsenal coach Unai Emery has said Mesut Ozil will be back in the squad for Saturday’s game against Burnley and still has a future at the club. Ozil was left out of the team for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Tottenham for what Emery said were “tactical reasons” but the coach is ready to bring the midfielder back ahead of the festive period.
Asked whether Ozil would play against Burnley, Emery responded in the affirmative.
Ozil’s absence from Wednesday’s game increased speculation that Arsenal could be prepared to let him go in January. But asked whether the former Germany international still had a future at the club, Emery said Yes.
Ozil has only started one game since November eleventh, a Europa League match against Qarabag last week.
He was dropped to the bench at Bournemouth on November twenty-fifth then missed a couple of weeks with a back problem, and was benched again at Southampton last weekend, before coming on and losing possession which allowed the hosts to score the winner.
Emery said after the Bournemouth game that Ozil was dropped because he expected a very physical game.