Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Mesut Ozil has a future at the club, insisting “there is always a place for a player of his quality”.
Ozil, who signed a new deal in 2018, has not played a minute of football since the resumption, and speculation remains over his future at the Emirates.
He was not used in Arsenal’s three opening games post-lockdown and missed the recent clashes against Sheffield United and Norwich with a back injury, and remains a doubt ahead of Saturday’s trip to Molineux.
Arteta was asked about Ozil’s absence and what the future holds for the out-of-favour midfielder.
“Players can adapt to different systems and we can adapt systems for different players,” Arteta told Standard Sport.
“Sometimes it is not just about what we want to play or how we want to play.
“Sometimes we have to field the players we have available in the right moments, in the right positions, to perform and be comfortable to do what we require.
“There is always a place for a player of his quality.”
Arteta also insisted Arsenal cannot sell their prized assets to raise funds for new recruits this summer.
He added: “We don’t know how the market is going to be.
“Obviously we are putting different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do. At the moment the uncertainty is still big.
“We have seen different things. The way that Chelsea is dealing with the market is different to rest at the moment, but Bayern Munich as well they’ve have been really aggressive.
“So I don’t know. But if you ask me, we cannot be a team that has to sell his best player to try to bring in and improve our squad. That’s for sure.”