Arsenal vs Burnley: Mesut Ozil in the starting line-up for Emirates Premier League clash

Mesut Ozil has returned to the starting line-up for Arsenal and will captain the side.

The Gunners welcome Burnley to the Emirates for the early Premier League game, with Sead Kolasinac also back.

Ozil has struggled for game time recently and in the Premier League has appeared for just 20 minutes in total since the middle of November.

He was snubbed earlier this week for their Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham, failing to even earn a place among the substitutes, with Emery confirming it was a ‘tactical decision’.

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Ozil has followed a scintillating display against Leicester in October with below par displays

Head coach Unai Emery said on the eve of the game the German was not assured of a spot in the team despite being the club’s highest earner.

His future at the Emirates Stadium remains uncertain as he continues to be linked with a January move away.

“I am not thinking about this situation,” Emery said when asked if Ozil could leave when the transfer window opens,” Emery said.

“For me the player’s salary is not important for me, I don’t know the player’s salary because for me they are the same.

“Every player, I want to give them the same conversation or the same decision for play or not play.

“The most important thing for me is the commitment and they are every player with the commitment.”

Ozil was one of four changes from the defeat to Spurs. Alexandre Lacazette was recalled, Sead Kolasinac is starting following a thigh problem and Mohamed Elneny came in for his first Premier League action of the campaign.

Burnley’s last outing was also a loss to Tottenham – a late 1-0 defeat at Wembley – with Sean Dyche making two enforced changes as Jeff Hendrick and Chris Wood came in for injured duo Aaron Lennon and Robbie Brady.


Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Elneny, Xhaka, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Subs: Cech, Ramsey, Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Iwobi, Nketiah, Saka

Burnley: Hart, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick, Barnes, Wood
Subs: Heaton, Lowton, Vokes, Gibson, Vydra, McNeil, Koiki

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