Unai Emery has offered Mesut Ozil hope of a return to his line-up by stating he’s got the required quality for Arsenal’s upcoming matches.
With just two appearances to his name out of a possible 11, doubts have resurfaced over Ozil’s Arsenal future with Emery at the helm.
The former Germany international, however, intends to fight for his spot in the line-up and rubbished talk of an exit before his contract expires in 2021. Of course, he’s got no reason not to leave either considering he makes £350,000-per-week.
So, the club board will likely start pressuring Emery into playing their highest earner sooner rather than later.
And now the Arsenal manager has offered his first hint at potentially restoring Ozil for Monday’s trip to Sheffield United.
“This year started in a difficult [way] for him,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.
“In pre-season, he worked well and was playing matches, but then he had the problems with Sead [Kolasinac] and it stopped.
“After that problem, he was sick one week and then he lost a lot of training to continue working and [finding] his feet. But the last two or three weeks, he’s improved with us in training and I think he’s feeling good.
“I didn’t [promise] him that he’d play because I want to make sure he’s ready and is available in training, and also giving us every day a good feeling in training, then he can play.
“My idea is to use every player and he is one in the squad. He has very big skills, the quality we will need in the next matches.
“I am happy now with how he’s improving and training every day. He is one player more in the squad.”
Meanwhile, Emery remained cautious on Alexandre Lacazette’s availability for the Sheffield game. The French striker returned to training on Thursday for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury last month.
While summer signing Kieran Tierney is ready to make his Premier League debut.