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Mikel Arteta sets challenge for Mesut Ozil before Chelsea clash

Ozil starts against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has challenged Mesut Ozil to maintain the standards he set against Bournemouth in the remainder of the season.

The German was Arsenal’s standout performer in Arteta’s first game in charge, with Ozil leading the fight back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw on the south coast.

Ozil struggled under Unai Emery and was set to be dropped by Freddie Ljunberg during the Swede’s time as interim boss, though an injury saved him the embarassment.

Arteta, however, offered an olive branch to Ozil when he took over and said every player would be operating under a ‘clearn slate’.

Ozil impressed against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)
And, writing in his programme notes before today’s clash against Chelsea, Arteta says Ozil must now keep up the form he showed against Bournemouth to keep his position in the side.

‘I have already been asked a lot of questions from the media about Mesut Ozil,’ wrote Arteta.

‘I told the media when..

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Ozil starts against Chelsea
Ozil starts against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has challenged Mesut Ozil to maintain the standards he set against Bournemouth in the remainder of the season.

The German was Arsenal’s standout performer in Arteta’s first game in charge, with Ozil leading the fight back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw on the south coast.

Ozil struggled under Unai Emery and was set to be dropped by Freddie Ljunberg during the Swede’s time as interim boss, though an injury saved him the embarassment.


Arteta, however, offered an olive branch to Ozil when he took over and said every player would be operating under a ‘clearn slate’.

Ozil impressed against Bournemouth
Ozil impressed against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)

And, writing in his programme notes before today’s clash against Chelsea, Arteta says Ozil must now keep up the form he showed against Bournemouth to keep his position in the side.

‘I have already been asked a lot of questions from the media about Mesut Ozil,’ wrote Arteta.

‘I told the media when I arrived, everybody at the Club has a clean slate with me. I can say since the day that I arrived back at London Colney, Mesut’s attitude and professionalism has been incredible and his performance against Bournemouth was another really big positive from the match.

‘When we carried out our pre-match preparations and were watching Bournemouth and where we could hurt them, we believed that Mesut could be a key player.

‘He responded, did what he had to do, and we could’ve scored two or three goals because of him. Now he has to maintain those standards’.

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Ozil was selected to start against Chelsea as Arteta made two changes to the side that faced Bournemouth.

Calum Chambers returned to the side following his suspension and replaced Greek defender Sokratis, while Granit Xhaka made way for Mateo Guendouzi.

Chelsea welcomed back Mason Mount and Matteo Kovacic with Christian Pulisic missing from the squad altogether.

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