Mikel Arteta and Edu given instruction over how to solve Mesut Ozil problem at Arsenal


Arsenal must ‘meet halfway’ and resolve their stand-off with Mesut Ozil.

That’s according to former defender Sol Campbell, who doesn’t see any benefit from the current situation

Ozil made just 18 league appearances last season, struggling with injury at the back-end of the campaign and coming under intense criticism across the season.

But there’s no use in freezing the German out, even with one year remaining on his well-known lucrative contract, according to Campbell.

“Obviously, internally there is something going on,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s all there for everyone to see. I think it’s going to come down to how they approach it and the conversations they have in private.

“How Ozil trains and things like that. It’s really going to come down to that.

“They need to come together somehow but if there’s a standoff then nothing is going to happen.

“Someone’s got to give and to give in is not always to lose. You don’t always have to give in and it means you are losing.

“It’s just sometimes you have to meet halfway.”

On another note, Campbell has liked what he has seen so far from newest Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who he believes has brought a fresh approach since taking over in December.

“Arsenal were looking for a breath of fresh air and they’ve got it in Mikel,” the title-winning defender added. “That’s key really. Players are responding and players are willing to run for each other.

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“Young players are coming in and getting a chance and all the players are inspired by the young players. Everyone is feeding off each other in a positive way. That’s key for me.

“Edu is there as well and there’s a nice relationship there. It seems to be working really well.

“They have to go from strength to strength now and keep the positivity.”





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