Sterling’s comments on Arteta explain why Arsenal axed Ozil so quickly

Raheem Sterling says that players who don't run will immediately get the axe under Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

Sterling played under Arteta during the Spaniard's time as assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

And the England superstar claims that Arteta's mantra has always been based on work rate – similar to that installed at City by Guardiola.

Ozil was axed from Arsenal's Europa League squad and is now also set to miss out on the Premier League 25-man listings when they are released in the coming days.

It all but ends Ozil's time as an Arsenal player.

But Sterling's remarks perhaps offer an explanation as to why Arteta was so quick to cull one of the league's highest-earning players from his squad.

"He's a person that had a lot of say here," Sterling said when asked about Arteta's time at City.

"The manager trusted him here and he had a lot of influence on the players here and the team as well.

"So I knew once he went into Arsenal that it would be a great opportunity for him but also he would definitely implement what he wanted to bring in.

"And he's a person that will put his foot down and not let things slide as you can see with the boys at Arsenal.

"They know if they don't run they are most likely not going to play.”

He continued: "You can see the change that he's brought in there, you can see the energy, you can see how much he's put into them with their off-ball work.

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"We all knew before Mikel got in how much good football they could play, how technically good they were but probably off the field they weren't as aggressive as they are with Mikel.

"They run their socks off now, you can see why they benefited with some good results recently.”

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