Mesut Ozil has not played for Arsenal since March 7 and has not been included in their Premier League or Europa League squads; the midfielder’s contract runs out at the end of the season and he has vowed to stay until then
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he wishes he could help the club during their current struggles.
Arsenal Ozil has not played for Mikel Arteta’s side since March 7 and was not included in the Arsenal’s squads for the Premier League or Europa League.
The Gunners crashed out of the Carabao Cup 4-1 to Manchester City on Tuesday as Arteta’s side slipped to a sixth defeat in 11 in all competitions.
Arteta has shown little inclination to change his mind over the former Germany international, but Ozil, who has insisted he has no plans to leave the club until his contract expires, says he continues to hope he will get a chance to help his struggling team-mates.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola publicly claimed prior to United’s Champions League exit on Tuesday that the France international’s time at the club was “over”, and that he needs a “change of scenery.”
Solskjaer has insisted that Pogba still has the desire to play for United, and selected Pogba from the start in the Manchester derby.
“The future is far, today is what matters and I am 1000 per cent involved! Always strong together. All has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change.
“When you don’t know what’s going on inside, don’t talk.”
Speaking after the 3-2 Leipzig defeat, in which Pogba came off the bench to score United’s second, Solskjaer said Raiola should realise “this is a team sport and we work together”.
Solskjaer stressed Pogba has remained professional during training – unlike some players who have since departed.
“I think I said during the week, of course, that this is a team game. Paul is part of this team, he’s very focused on contributing when he’s here,” Solskjaer said.
“He’s got a hunger, an appetite to play. He wants to play, he wants to train. There have been other players that have refused to train or play, they’re not here anymore of course, but Paul has not once done that. He’s just focused on performing when he gets the chance.
“That’s the good thing about Paul. He has got the quality, but has also got the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig – he did have a positive impact.”