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Arteta axe Ozil

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[Arsenal Midfielder Mesut Ozil .Photo /courtesy].

Mikel Arteta need to trim his squad and it must contain a maximum of 17 non-home grown players.

Arsenal currently has 19 non-home grown players registered and mostly could be Ozil and defender Sokratis to miss out.

They failed to sell a number of players in the summer and sealed a deadline deal for Thomas Partey.

It means Ozil could be out of action until January, a sad state for a man who was once a world beater.

The 32-year-old’s contract is up next summer but he can force his way back into the first team.

According to ‘Klick and Rush Podcast’ currently, Arsenal academy coach Per Mertesacker who is a former Ozil’s teammate revealed that his exile isn’t due to performances on the pitch.

“He got married, has a family… perhaps his focus has changed. Nevertheless he is still happy to play footbal,” he said.

He continued, “He’s the only player I’ve played with for three teams – Bremen, Arsenal and also Germany. But I’m very sorry that he’s currently in a situation where he’s not really used.”

[Arsenal Technical Director Edu Gaspar left with Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta. Photo/courtesy]

While most managers will find it easy to select their teams later today, Arteta admitted it was a difficult task last month.

He said he is really happy with all the boys and the way they’re training.

But selection is getting more complicated and with the new rule of having only 18 players in the squad makes it very difficult.Ozil starred for Arsenal in his early days at the club after sealing a £42.5 million transfer from Real Madrid.

He recorded an incredible 19 assists in the 2015/16 season and was involved in an impressive 17 goals in the following Premier League campaign.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the German’s talent is being wasted.