Mesut Ozil has been watching from the sidelines since the start of the campaign after being left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads.
Mikel Arteta has until the end of the month to re-register the 32-year-old in the side and have him involved for the run-in.
And the Gunners boss has now confirmed that he will wait until the end of the window before deciding whether to bring the German playmaker back into the squad or leave him on the sidelines.
“We will see what happens in the transfer window and we will assess that at the end,” Arteta said.
There have been talks that Ozil will stay and see out the remainder of his contract despite potentially being offered a move away this month, but Arteta conceded there’s little he can do to convince the £350,000-per-week star to leave.
“You have to respect the player’s contract,” he continued.
“What you can do is try to be open with them and tell them your intentions, the role they have in the team and why that is.”