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Ozil still has a future at Arsenal – Arteta

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Mikel Arteta says Mesut Ozil still has a role to play at Arsenal.

The German, whose contract expires in a year’s time, is yet to play a single minute for the Gunners since the restart.

Ozil was left out of the squad for Arsenal’s opening game at Manchester City, before being an unused substitute against Brighton and Southampton.

More recently, Ozil has missed games against Sheffield United and Norwich with a back injury, which makes him a doubt for tomorrow’s game at Wolves.

In his absence, Arsenal have won three games on the spin using a new 3-4-3 formation without the No10 role occupied by Ozil, but Arteta insists the player still has a future at Arsenal.

“Players can adapt to different systems and we can adapt systems for different players,” Arteta told Standard Sport.

“Sometimes it is not just about what we want to play or how we want to play.

“Sometimes we have to field the players we have available in the right moments, in the right positions, to perform and be comfortable to do what we require.

“There is always a place for a player of his quality.”

While Ozil may be struggling, one Arsenal player who is excelling is Bukayo Saka, who signed a new four-year contract on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old has been tipped as someone who could break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.