2nd November, 2019
If the body language of Unai Emery is anything to go by, then Mesut Ozil will very likely be in the Arsenal squad that will be playing in the club’s home fixture with Wolves on Saturday.
It will be re-called that many fans were not happy with the fact that the coach pulled out Ozil from their last match even when it was glaring that the player was doing a great job on the field of play in that game.
That may just have informed the recent decision of the Arsenal manager to tread carefully as far as his selection for the game against Wolves is concerned.
The player impressed at Anfield during the week as the Gunners were eliminated on penalties by Liverpool after a thrilling 5-5 draw in the Carabao Cup.
In recent times, the 31-year-old German has found chances hard to come by with just three appearances in total for Arsenal, having fallen out of favour under Emery.
However, given his performance midweek and an improved attitude in recent times, the Spaniard says a return to regular first-team action may not be far away.
“He is in the squad and I think he has the possibility to play,” Emery told reporters.
“I spoke with him on Tuesday and told him what my plan with him was. When he’s available, training well, consistent and positive he can help us a lot.
“Now I am seeing him positive and consistent. On Wednesday with his performance in Liverpool, I think this is what we want. I am helping him, supporting him, demanding of him and this is the Mesut (Ozil) I think everyone wants.
“He has big experience. When you talk about players who are ready to play under high pressure, one is Mesut Ozil.
It is very likely that Ozil may come into contention to replace Granit Xhaka after Emery confirmed Arsenal’s captain will not feature this weekend.