Arteta making a Mesut Ozil U-turn at Arsenal wages on willingness to change

Mesut Ozil is out in the cold at Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta showing no signs of changing his mind and bringing him back into the mix anytime soon.

So is this really the end for Ozil; the club's longest serving and best-paid player, earning a staggering £350,000-a-week to tweet Arsenal score predictions before games?

Or is there a way back for the German – an opportunity for him to show Arteta he can be the player he expects him to be and lead this Arsenal side once more?

The decision will be determined by one thing and one thing only, according to ex-Arsenal boss George Graham: Ozil's willingness to change.

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Graham told talkSPORT: "He's got to be in a team that's dominating games and he's got to be on the ball as much as possible. Without the ball… just no. He is definitely lacking, not even at the top level. Without the ball he's not good enough.

"With the ball he can be good enough, but he has to be in a good team. He was up and down like a yo-yo under Arsene Wenger. He obviously isn't playing into the new manager's style.

"You play when you've got the ball but you also play when you haven't got possession. He's just not up to the standard that Arteta wants."

There is no disputing Ozil's ability on the ball.

The German can pick a pass and create something from nothing, but when it comes to the dirty side of the game, he can often go missing.

Arteta has made it clear that he wants intensity from his players. He wants to see as much energy going forward, going backward.

Ozil, as has been pointed out in recent weeks, is a modern day relic. He plays a No.10 role that doesn't appear to exist at the moment, and has shown an unwillingness to adapt.

But as ever, and as Graham has pointed out, his future is in his own hands.

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