Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta urged to ‘say sorry’ to one Gunners star amid current issues
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta needs to apologise to Mesut Ozil and re-register the exiled playmaker in January in order to inject some creativity into the side. That’s the view of Paul Merson.
Arsenal are enduring a torrid start to the Premier League season and are currently sat in 15th place in the table.
The Gunners have won just four times in their opening 11 games, losing on six occasions.
In Europe, it’s been a completely different story, as they have won all six of their group games and gone through to the knockout stages as group winners.
Arteta has chopped and changed with his side and has tinkered around with his formations in order to get the right system in place.
But it is clear they are lacking in creativity after leaving Mesut Ozil out of their 25-man Premier League and Europa League squads.
Thomas Partey, who joined this summer from Atletico Madrid, has been struggling with injuries recently, but he doesn’t have the same creativity as Ozil or their other transfer target Houssem Aouar.
Their lack of creativity in midfield is evidenced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lack of firepower in front of goal.
He has found the net just twice this season in the league, and struggled in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss against Tottenham last weekend.
And Merson believes Arteta needs to go and apologise to Ozil for exiling him and get him back in the squad on January 1st, when he is free to.
Writing in his column for The Star, the club legend explained that Arsenal never looked like scoring against Tottenham and will likely struggle against Burnley on Sunday without him.
He wrote: “Arsenal could still be playing Tottenham NOW and they wouldn’t have scored a goal.
“What can they do in January to fix it? Go and knock on Mesut Ozil’s door, say you’re sorry and you need him to play!
“Arsenal were atrocious against Spurs. They never looked like scoring. Ozil’s getting £350,000-a-week and sitting at home while his team can’t score.
“I’m not saying play him against Manchester City or Liverpool, when you’re not going to see much of the ball.
“But against teams like Spurs or Burnley, he can get on the ball and dictate things and make a few decent chances.
“They could re-register him in January. They’re missing a trick if they don’t.
”I just don’t know where Arsenal are going right now. The manager was talking after the Spurs game as if they’d played well. I hope he doesn’t actually believe that!
“You would still expect them to beat Burnley. It’s a nice game for them.
“Burnley don’t have the pace on the counter to hurt Arsenal, and they don’t score many goals.
“Arsenal should beat them. But it will only be papering over the cracks if they do.”
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