Mikel Arteta Hopes Arsenal Have Learned from Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos Exits

Tanya Simon
January 23, 2021

Arsenal's focus this month has been on securing exits for a number of fringe players, the likes of Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba departing on loan to Schalke and Nice respectively and reaching an agreement for the termination of Sokratis' contract.

Pressed specifically on Aouar, Lauren said: "Arteta knows the method and the idea of play they are looking to implement to lead Arsenal success so he is the one that has the right to answer that question".

Arteta said this week he plans to bring new players in during the January transfer window, with British media reporting that Real Madrid's Norwegian attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard was on the club's radar.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was released from his contract this week, while Mesut Ozil is on the brink of a transfer to Turkish club Fenerbahce.

"It's a shame the way it went at Arsenal, but I'm sure a lot of the fans will remember him for his early days there when we had a really good team and we should have probably won a little bit more". Obviously this market and the context makes it really hard but we are looking at options.

"We are all very cautious and conscious about what we want to do and how we want to do it, how the market is going to evolve so we need to be careful", he said.

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"So we have some unnatural options. That option is open and we will be looking to see what is available".

Ozil quesitoned the club's loyalty after first losing his place in the side under former manager Unai Emery and then Arteta towards the end of last season before being excluded altogether from Arsenal's Premier League Europa League squads.

Arteta had stressed several times he was unhappy with the bloated squad he was dealing with and now feels the departures will help him keep things on a more even keel. "This is unmanageable. When you have to leave some of the foreign players out it makes it even more hard".

"To do it for a few weeks is OK, to do it for months and maintain the health, the ambition and the chemistry is really complicated. One of the main objectives was to make some decisions of how we're going to offset that".

'We could not carry on with 31 players in the squad, ' he added.

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