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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta 'issues Mesut Ozil ultimatum over future'

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says that Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Mesut Ozil have until December to fight for their future at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta suggests that Mesut Ozil has until December to prove that he can have a long-term future at the Emirates Stadium.

Ozil has not made a single appearance for the Gunners since the resumption of action, resulting in the playmaker spending over seven months on the sidelines.

With less than a year remaining on his contract, Arsenal had hoped that the 32-year-old would find a new club during the summer transfer window.

However, Ozil remained in North London, leading to Arteta to challenge the Germany international to fight for his place in the squad.

Addressing how he left Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos out of his Europa League squad, Arteta told reporters: "I wanted to tell them face to face before releasing the squad.

"I explained the reasons why and the numbers we had. It was really difficult for me to tell them - but this is the restriction and rules.

"They have to respect that decision and try to train the best possible way, help the team when they can. Then we will see what happens in December."

Arteta is yet to reveal whether either player will feature in his 25-man Premier League squad, which must be confirmed in the coming days.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323
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