Mesut Ozil given Dani Ceballos warning at Arsenal ahead of new season

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Mesut Ozil has been warned his place in the Arsenal team is under threat following the arrival of Dani Ceballos.

The German, who only managed five goals and two assists from 24 Premier League appearances last season, has come under fire from Gunners fans for failing to impact big games.

Unai Emery moved to bring in Spanish youngster Ceballos from Real Madrid on loan, and Nigel Winterburn reckons the starlet could pose a threat to Ozil’s place in the starting XI.

Former Arsenal star Winterburn, speaking exclusively to 888sport , said: “I love watching Ozil play when he’s at his very best but last season he wasn’t influential in the team and I’m not sure what was really going on.

Mesut Ozil has been given a warning

“This season we will find out very quickly because Ceballos has come in who is a similar kind of player.”

”He [Ozil] is a terrific player to watch but when we get caught out defensively his enthusiasm to get back is questioned.

“That’s why perhaps we need to get him on the ball more in attacking areas but we’re not Manchester City or Liverpool who can dominate the ball a lot.”

Ozil fell out of favour under Emery last season and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.

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Winterburn reckons the first 10 games of the campaign will be crucial if Ozil is to cement a spot in Emery’s starting XI.

He added: ”Was his mind not right? Was it the demands being put on him? Was it the new training regime? Did he not fit in to Unai Emery’s style?

“So we will find out everything we need to know about Emery’s thinking within the first ten games. Whether Ozil can elevate this team to the next level or if Emery is not happy with his contribution.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Nigel Winterburn here





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