Mikel Arteta send message to Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi ahead of clearout Arsenal

Mikel Arteta send message to Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi ahead of clearout Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said what he expects from his players following the continued absences of Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil.

Recently Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil has not featured for Gunners, Guendouzi not making the squad for the last three games and Ozil yet to kick a ball since the season restarted.

Speaking generally last month, Arteta said he only wanted players who were "on the boat" to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

He has refused to answer questions as to why Guendouzi, after escaping a Football Association ban for grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay around the throat, has not even made the bench since.

But, pushed to explain what his "on the boat" comment meant, Arteta replied: "Players that respect the values we want to implement, that they are 100 per cent committed to our culture, and players that are accountable every day for what we demand from them.

"Players that are ready to help each other, fight for each other and enjoy playing together.

"That is what I mean by being on the boat. If you behave like this every day, you are very very welcome here and we want to get the best out of you and help you to enjoy your profession with us."

It now remains to be seen if Guendouzi - or Ozil, whose recent absences have been put down to a back injury, return for Saturday's crunch Premier League clash at Wolves.

With games coming thick and fast since the season resumed following the coronavirus pandemic caused a 100-day postponement, Arteta said he is using training to judge the mindset of his squad.
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