Mesut Ozil: Arteta axed midfielder due to inability to play on wings

Mesut Ozil: Arteta axed midfielder due to inability to play on wings

- Mesut Ozil was unable to break into Mikel Arteta's squad because he could not play on the flanks

- The 31-year-old was not included in Arsenal's Premier League and the Europa League squads until January

- Arsenal have currently recorded just a win in their last ten matches which leaves 15th on the table

- The Gunners were beaten by Everton at Goodison Park courtesy of an own goal from Rob Holding and Yeri Mina

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Mikel Arteta's issue with Mesut Ozil is because the German midfielder can not play on the wings, Mirror claim.

The Gunners boss did not include the 31-year-old in Arsenal's Premier League campaign and the Europa League squad until January and he defended his decision to do so.

The north London club have been struggling this season, managing only one win in their last ten Premier League matches, leaving them 15th on the log.

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Mesut Ozil: Arteta axed midfielder due to inability to play on wings
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Arsenal lack creativity in midfield and a move for Philippe Coutinho during the summer window failed after the Brazilain decided to return to Barcelona.

Arsenal had been linked with Philippe Coutinho in the summer transfer window, and Arteta was keen to bring the Brazilian to London.

Arteta was going to be without a creative player and went ahead to freeze out Ozil from his team which has cost them dearly on the domestic this season.

According to Goal quoted by Mirror, the Spanish boss left Ozil out due to his inability to function on the flanks, and Arteta wanted a midfielder who can play in any role.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Arsenal's struggles deepen in the Premier League following their 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, December 19.

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The defeat meant the North Londoners have suffered four losses in their last five top-flight games while they sit just five points above the relegation zone.

Carlo Ancelotti's men took the lead after just 22 minutes of action through an own goal from Rob Holdings.

Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi made attempts to get a cross to his teammates' in the Gunners danger zone but it deflected by the 25-year-old and went straight into their visitors' net.

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