Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has conjured up a solution to Mikel Arteta’s Mesut Ozil problem at the club.
There is a suggestion that the German and Thomas Partey could form a deadly duo in midfield. However, Ozil’s time at the Gunners looks like it has reached a point where no recovery can be made after he was not even named in the Europa League squad.
Arsenal had a decent transfer window, though Mikel Arteta might have preferred more players leaving due to his huge squad.
One he would have liked to see depart would have been Ozil, who is costing the club £350,000-a-week.
The Gunners have tried to offload the midfielder but he is happy to stay where is, even reportedly rejecting a more lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia.
The 31-year-old was most recently ostracised from the Europa League squad, which was thought to be the final nail in the coffin for him.
It is still a remarkable situation the club have found themselves in with undoubtedly one of the best talents in the world, when they signed him in 2013.
His arrival from Real Madrid signalled a real show of intent but it now appears the playmaker has become more trouble than he is worth.
Regardless, rather than letting such a talent go to waste – Arteta could be pondering ways to bring him back into the first-team.
Former Gunners boss Wenger has one idea, surrounding the 2014 World Cup winner with more defensive-minded players.
And though he did not mention Partey, the Ghana international was brought in specifically for his ball-winning abilities in the middle of the pitch.