According to the new Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil is a “massive” player for Arsenal and he knows what Ozil can bring to the team.
Former Arsenal captain Arteta signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at the the London club to replace Unai Emery who only lasted 18 months at the club.
After Arsene Wenger exit from the club, Arteta was close to a return as a manager to Arsenal in 2018 but was edge out by Unai Emery who has been sacked.
Under Emery, Ozil had little playing time at the club and was over looked even in lesser games but was later given playing time towards the end of Emery’s reign at the club.
Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has been playing him regularly since he took over but with Arteta in the sit now, he could be a regular player on the pitch.
“He is a massive player for this club,” Arteta told a news conference.
“What I want is to understand how they are feeling and what they need. You have to understand it.
“When I understand them, I can take the excuses out of them and focus on the things that are relevant and have an impact for the team on and off the pitch.
“He is a massive player. I know, when he ticks, what he can bring to the team.”
Arsenal will face Arteta’s former club Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday with Freddie Ljungberg in charge, but the Ex-Gunners captain first game will be against Bournemouth on Boxing day Thursday at the Vitality stadium.