Arsene Wenger’s comments shed light on true thoughts on Mikel Arteta’s handling of Mesut Ozil

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There's no denying that Mesut Ozil enjoyed his best spell at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.

Ozil had a fruitful five seasons during Wenger's glittering reign as Gunners boss, after the Frenchman paid a then-club-record fee to sign him from Real Madrid in 2013.

But the midfielder's career – along with the Gunners' form – has taken a nosedive since Wenger left Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Wenger was replaced by Unai Emery, who lasted just over one season before he was sacked in November 2019, while the current boss Mikel Arteta finds himself in the spotlight at present.

Mesut Ozil enjoyed a fruitful five seasons under Arsene Wenger
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Ozil has not played for Arsenal since March and was not named in the squad lists for the first half of the Premier League season and the Europa League.

The German, who is one of the highest-paid players at the club, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

The club are desperate to offload the World Cup winner this month but may have to wait until the summer, with potential suitors yet to step up their interest.

Ozil looks set to leave Arsenal after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta
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And comments previously made by Wenger shed light on his decline at Arsenal, with the Frenchman appearing to question Arteta's handling of Ozil.

Writing in his book, Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red & White , he said: "Ozil is an artist who feels football through all the pores of his skin and his soul.

"He needs to be constantly encouraged and he needs to feel close to his coach and have a relationship of trust with him.

Ozil has not played for Gunners boss Arteta since March
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"Being hard on him doesn't work. Like all artists, he needs to feel supported in his creativity.

"He had a feel for passing and an exceptional sense of timing when he passes. There is something magical and simple about his playing style.

"The Premier League is a train that goes by at 200 kilometres per hour, and Ozil doesn't always go at this speed, but you always have great affection for his artisty."

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