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3 reasons why Mikel Arteta is not fielding Mesut Ozil

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Not in Arteta’s long term plans

Ozil is battling injury and his fitness has come under question. This is why he did not feature against Sheffield United. Given his age and all the drama that continuously surrounds him, Arteta cannot build a team around him.

He wants Ozil to know that his time in North London is over. The former teammates must have talked about it and Arteta would have told him that he is being forced to put his foot down.

However, it is likely that Ozil will return to the first team fold. He has been on the bench and given the Gunners’ injury crisis, the attacking midfielder should get more minutes under his belt.