Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil has been ‘really good’ in training after selecting the German to start in the Gunners’ clash against Bournemouth.
The Spaniard takes charge of the Gunners for the first time as they search for all three points against the relegation-threatened Cherries on the south coast.
Ozil was injured for Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Everton last weekend but interim boss Freddie Ljungberg says he would have been dropped regardless following his petulant reaction to being subbed in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City six days earlier.
But Arteta insists his squad are starting with a ‘clean slate’ and that selecting Ozil was a no-brainer.
‘I said for everyone it’s a clean slate,’ Arteta told Amazon Prime Video.
‘I’m going to pick the team that is the best for the moment with the qualities that they have in terms of what we want to do to the opponent.
‘He’s been training really good so [lets] see what kind of performance they can produce.’
🚨 Three changes for @m8arteta's first game in charge…
⬅️ Chambers, Smith Rowe, Martinelli
➡️ Sokratis, Ozil, Lacazette#BOUARS
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 26, 2019
Elsewhere, there were enforced changes in the as Calum Chambers, Emile-Smith Rowe and Gabriele Martinelli made way.
Greek defender Sokratis and youngster Reiss Nelson came in, while room was made for Alexandre Lacazette.
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