Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provided a concerning update on the situation of Mesut Ozil, on the back of his side’s defeat to Tottenham.
Spurs come from behind
The Gunners made the short trip to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium yesterday evening, for the latest edition of the north London derby.
Arsenal headed into the matchup in the better form of the two sides, on the back of a major upturn of late.
The capital outfit’s 1-1 stalemate with Leicester City in their prior outing made it 5 unbeaten across all competitions.
When the 90 minutes were said and done last night, though, the Gunners’ hot streak was brought to a firm end by their arch rivals.
Arteta’s men actually took the lead in the clash, courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette’s thunderbolt with a quarter of an hour on the clock.
A defensive mixup just 4 minutes later, though, saw Heung-min Son nip in to capitalise with a superb finish beyond the advancing Emiliano Martinez.
And, following a tense ensuing hour, the matchup was eventually decided with 80 minutes on the clock, as Toby Alderweireld rose highest to nod home a corner from the left, securing all 3 points for the hosts.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 12, 2020
Highlights: Spurs 2-1 Arsenal
‘Still the same’
On the back of his side’s disappointing display and result, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was last night drawn on a whole host of topics during his post-match interview.
One such subject surrounded the continued absence of Mesut Ozil.
German midfielder Ozil has not taken to the pitch since March, due to an apparent back issue.
Many, though, have begun to question the 31-year-old’s commitment to returning to full fitness, with it altogether unclear just how serious Ozil’s injury actually is.
And Mikel Arteta certainly didn’t appear to be in great spirits when drawn on a potential comeback for his side’s midfield string-puller post-Spurs, with the Arsenal boss having explained:
‘He is still in the same positions he was last week or two weeks ago and we said we will manage everything internally.’
When pressed further on the matter, Arteta simply added:
‘I have nothing to say.’
Arteta on the continued absence of Mesut Ozil: “He is still in the same positions he was last week or two weeks ago and we said we will manage everything internally. I have nothing to say.” Unlikely that his ‘back soreness’ will clear up anytime soon… #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) July 13, 2020
Bellerin on the move?
In other Gunners-related news in the media this evening, meanwhile, speculation has begun to surround the future of defender Hector Bellerin.
Right-back Bellerin has been in and out of the Arsenal starting lineup this season, as the Spaniard continues to deal with his long-standing fitness problems.
A major claim stemming from Germany, though, has suggested that Bellerin is in fact no longer happy with life in north London.
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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