Former Arsenal captain Koscielny offers support to Ozil

Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has weighed in on Mesut Ozil’s situation in North London and offered support to his former teammate, according to French media outlet L’Equipe via Goal.

Ozil has been omitted from both Arsenal’s Europa League and Premier League squads. He has less than a year remaining on his contract and unless he miraculously works his way back into manager Mikel Arteta’s plans and gets included in the updated squad in February, he will not play for the Gunners again.

Koscielny, who played for the North London side from 2010 to 2018, has had his say on the former Germany international’s situation at Arsenal. In an interview with L’Equipe, he said:

“As a man, he’s a very good person, who got along with all his team-mates. He gave a lot, helped sick children. He is a generous person, with whom I got along very well.”

“As a player, he is in my opinion a phenomenon. He can find passes that no one sees, he’s a maestro. He can rock a game with incredible passes. We’re both part of the ‘Arsene Wenger Generation’. The coach loved him as a player. It was more complicated with Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta.”

“Knowing him, he must always be professional in training, always on time. He is undoubtedly at the level demanded by the Premier League.”

The former Arsenal man currently plays for Bordeaux in the French league and hopes to see Ozil playing football again soon either in North London or at another club. He said:

“I hope both sides find a deal that works for everyone. He is a competitor. I hope to see him back on the pitch soon, at Arsenal or elsewhere, because he is real talent.”

The former Real Madrid midfielder signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2013. His last appearance for the club came in a 1-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League in March. He set up the only goal of the game that was scored by Alexander Lacazette. Since joining the North London side, he has scored 44 goals and provided 77 assists in 254 games across all competitions. 

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