Saturday, 21 December 2019

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta opens up on Mesut Ozil’s future ahead of January transfer window

The new Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called Mesut Ozil a ‘massive player’ as the Spaniard prepares to attempt to turn the Gunners’ fortunes around this season. Ozil fell out of favour with previous boss Unai Emery, who was sacked three weeks ago by the club.

Ozil is yet to score and has only registered one assist in the Premier League this season and recent reports have suggested that the playmaker could be set for a move to Fenerbahce this January.

Arteta is expected to come in and steady the ship for Arsenal, before trying his best to finish in the Champions League spots at the end of the season, although that now seems unlikely.

Ozil could play a huge part in that, but it all depends on whether he’s given the playing time by his new manager.

Arteta knows how influential Ozil can be when he ‘ticks’ from the time they shared as team-mates at Arsenal.

‘He’s a massive player for this football club. What I want is I want to understand how they’re feeling and what they need,’ Arteta said at his opening press conference as Arsenal boss.

‘You have to understand them because sometimes with conversations you get to understand a point.

‘When you understand them I can take the excuses out of them and focus on the things that are relevant and have an impact for the team on the pitch and off the pitch.

‘Of course he’s a massive player. I worked with him and I know when he ticks what he can bring to the team. My job is to get the best out of him, of course.’

‘If I wouldn’t feel ready and prepared for this I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair,’ he added.

‘The first priority is to change the energy. Last week I was here with Manchester City and I felt a little bit down.

‘I want to get everybody in the club with the same mindset. We have to build a culture that sustains the rest.

‘My job is to convince everybody that this is how we’re going to live. If you’re going to be part of this organisation it’s going to be this way.

‘We need the fans. We need to engage them, to transmit our behaviour and intention. That’s the only way they’ll give us a little bit and we’ll feel that connection.

‘When you’re outside this football club you look at it and think wow, this is massive.’



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