Mesut Ozil insists he’s ready to play for Arsenal whenever he’s called upon, adding that he’s felt “helpless” watching the Gunners from the sidelines this season.
The German international has only made one appearance in the Premier League in 2019/20, in the 2-2 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road.
His only other appearance came against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup when he played for 71 minutes, the same amount of time he featured for in that Watford game.
Plenty feel as though the clock is ticking on the former Real Madrid man’s Gunners career, but the playmaker insists he wants to return to the team and see out his Gunners contract until 2021 .
“All I know is what has already been said,” Ozil told The Athletic when asked about Unai Emery’s claim that other members of the Gunners squad deserve to play over him .
“It’s disappointing, of course. But as a professional footballer, I have to respect the decision of the coach. Not being involved, watching from home, makes me feel helpless.
“I want to be part of the side, I want to support my team-mates to succeed.
“I’m not training all the time just for the sake of it, I’m ready to play.
“This should not be about me or the coach, only the club. I have to give everything, be fit and focused, and I’m training hard to be ready.”
“Pre-season went very well and although things were disrupted by the [moped] attack, since then I’ve been fully available and when the coach has selected me I’ve been ready, played and always tried to give my best,” he said.
“I’ve trained at the same level my whole career but because I’ve not had minutes recently, I’m doing extra work with the fitness coach and in the gym to get even fitter than normal.
“I know what is needed and believe in myself.”