Arteta Makes U-Turn, To Bring Outcast Mesut Ozil Back From Exile

Mikel Arteta may have opened the door for Mesut Ozil to return to the Arsenal squad in January but claims a decision has not been made on the German's future.

Arsenal are currently struggling in front of goal having scored just twice in their last seven league games, with German playmaker Ozil out of the Gunners' 25-man squad for both the Premier League and the Europa League.

Arteta could re-register the German midfielder in the January transfer window but would have to reshuffle his squad as they lie 15th in the top-flight table. 

The Arsenal boss told the press before his side's game with Burnley on Sunday: ”He's not in the squad right now. I'm focusing just on the players we have here.

”But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide.”

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Ozil could even move in January with Turkish side Fenerbahce reportedly interested in the 32-year-old, with Inter Miami and LA Galaxy keeping tabs on the German's situation. 

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