‘Very difficult’ for Ozil to get back into Arsenal team, says Arteta
• Gunners want Chelsea’s Jorginho
Arteta has admitted that it is “very difficult” for Ozil to break back into his Arsenal side after leaving the midfielder out of a fourth successive matchday squad, reports skysports.com.
Asked to explain the prolonged absence of Ozil – who has not played for the club since March 7 – from his team, Arteta said: “The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving.
“This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better. We need to keep maintaining that.
“I’m really happy with the performance here, how difficult they’re making things for the coaching staff to select the squad.
“We are picking the players that we believe are the best for each game. You can see we keep training, it’s what we’re trying to do.
“You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it’s very difficult every week – not [just] for Mesut – but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.”
“Of course I understand and I respect your questions, but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal are interested in adding Chelsea’s Jorginho in their midfield this season.
Jorginho ranks 10th in the Premier League for total attempted passes since the start of 2019/20, with the majority of these coming centrally inside his own half and across the width of the pitch further forward.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was assistant to Pep Guardiola when Manchester City came close to signing Jorginho from Napoli in 2018.
However, the Italy international appears to be part of Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea, and has captained the side in both of their Premier League games so far this season.