On Wednesday night at Anfield, Mesut Ozil returned to the Arsenal starting XI.

For just the fourth time this season, the World Cup winner, the Gunners’ highest-paid player on £350,000-a-week, was named in the team for the Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool .

It was the first time since the previous round, against Nottingham Forest, in which the 30 year-old former German international had been called upon by Unai Emery.

Prior to the meeting on Merseyside, Ozil had featured for just 142 minutes in all competitions this term, a sign that his time in north London is coming to an end.

Fans have recently chanted Ozil’s name, as an act of defiance aimed at the Spaniard.

A fan holds up a banner referencing Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

But Emery has the backing of the club’s hierarchy, as they seek to move on a player who neither fits into their manager’s tactical plan, nor that of the club, where finances are concerned.

“Previously, we were all speaking between us to take that decision,” said Emery about Ozil’s situation last week.

“Here, we have one agreed strategy – as a club and as a team – because the most important thing is the club, the team, and then finding a performance.”

Ozil in training

All of which means that Ozil, and his future, is generating plenty of headlines even as he struggles for game time.

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Having been valued at a high of £1.10 in early August, he dropped to a low of £0.85 earlier this month and in the last seven days – despite not appearing – it has risen again, as high as £1.23.

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Ozil, bizarrely, remains as one of Arsenal’s five captains this season

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