Mesut Ozil ‘impresses Arsenal team-mates in training’ amid divide over recall

Mesut Ozil has been “impressing his Arsenal team-mates in training” as the squad are divided over his absence from the squad.

The midfielder has not played a minute of football for the Gunners this season after being left out of Premier League and Europa League squads by Mikel Arteta.

It has seen the German watch on as his side sit 15th in the league, getting their first win in seven games against Chelsea.

Ozil’s absence has seen reports emerge of a divide in the squad over his exile, creating a “toxic atmosphere” in the dressing room.

Arsenal have a chance of keeping the midfielder at the club, with his agent hinting at talks.

AndThe Telegraphreports that Ozil is making an impact on his team-mates amid the potential return to the squad.

Ozil’s deal at the north London side is coming to an end, with six months left on his £350,000-a-week deal which the German has already stated he will not finish early.

Continuing to train, the German has been working hard to keep his team-mates on side, with the report stating that he has “impressed team-mates in training recently”.

The midfielder is into his eighth season with the Gunners, making more than 250 appearances before his exile during lockdown.

But the 32-year-old has not ruled out an exit from the Emirates Stadium, with Fenerbahce offering him a way out – at the cost of £200,000-a-week off his current deal.

The saga has seen Ozil aimed an Arsene Wenger-based dig at Arsenal in his exile, where the midfielder has been a regular on social media.

When the Gunners star hosted a Q&A session and was asked about his lack of game time, the German gave a brutal response.

"It’s a very difficult time for everyone around the club – not just for me. The situation is frustrating for everyone," Ozil said in response to one Arsenal fan who asked if he was happy.

"Of course I would wish I could help the team especially right now, but as long as I don’t get the chance I just hope that we get better results very soon again."

But Ozil then tweeted: "But let's stay positive."

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