Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has revealed he ‘wishes he could help’ the team as their tough run continues.
The Gunners have lost their last two matches, to Everton and Man City respectively.
Before that they dropped points against high-flyers Southampton in the league.
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The recent run has seen them crash out of the Carabao Cup and fall down to 15th in the league.
Boss Mikel Arteta is now under fire from both fans and club chiefs alike.
Ozil has not featured for them this campaign after being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad.
But he still has sympathy for his teammates. Speaking recently, he said: “It’s a very difficult time for everyone around the club, not just for me.
“The situation is frustrating for everyone.
“Of course I would wish I could help the team, especially right now. But as long as I don’t get the chance I just hope that we get better results very soon again.”
Arteta’s men have failed to pick up a domestic win since the 1st November. Victories over Dundalk and Molde have helped somewhat, but the critics remain.
New West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has even labelled Arsenal as ‘relegation rivals’, such is their poor run of form and low confidence.
Ozil believes that missing Arsene Wenger could be a major part of their downturn. He went on to say: “Yeah, he was really a fantastic manager. And also like a father figure for me and many other players.
“I think many people around Arsenal are really missing him.”
The Gunners face Chelsea on Boxing Day, which could prove to be a huge match for Arteta’s future.
After that, they have a seemingly good run of fixtures against the likes of Brighton and West Brom.
Wins are a must if Arsenal are to climb back into the Premier League top ten.