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Ozil exclusion causing ‘divisions’ within Arsenal ranks

Mesut Ozil’s exclusion from the Arsenal squad this season is apparently creating ‘divisions’ within the Gunners squad.

Arsenal have endured a massively frustrating start to the season, with a lack of creativity and subsequent goalscoring output a major issue for much of the campaign to date.

Arsenal were unable to offload a number of players during the summer transfer window, forcing Mikel Arteta to leave out two senior players from his 25 man squad for both the Premier League and Europa League.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was left out with the Gunners well stocked with central defenders, though it was the omission of Mesut Ozil that understandably created the most headlines.

Ozil is of course the clubs highest earner on a reported £350,000-a-week, and with the north London outfit having endured their worst start to a Premier League campaign, there have been calls for the German to be reinstated in January.

According to the Telegraph, those calls aren’t just from fans and the media, with ‘a group of senior players’ said to be keen on seeing him reintroduced to the fold, the former Germany international having ‘impressed team-mates in training recently’.

Mikel Arteta recently fielded questions about potentially reinstating the 32-year-old, who has consistently refused to leave the club before the end of his contract, the Spaniard saying ‘we have some time to decide’.

There will, however, be renewed hope among Gunners supporters about their lack of creativity following their impressive 3-1 Boxing Day win over London rivals Chelsea.

Arteta hoping 3-1 win over Chelsea can prove to be ‘a turning point’ for struggling Arsenal

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