Arsenal news: Mesut Ozil claim made by pundit – THIS is why Gunners ace isn't

That’s the view of Danny Higginbotham, who has praised Arsenal’s recent performances.

The Gunners have gone 20 games unbeaten in all competitions – a run stretching way back to August.

Ozil has missed out in the last three games, including the 2-2 midweek Premier League draw with Manchester United.

The playmaker has been struggling with a back injury and is unlikely to play as Arsenal host Huddersfield today (3pm).

But Higginbotham believes Arsenal are currently coping well enough without the German.

“Mesut Ozil isn’t getting a look in at Arsenal and it’s no surprise, he just doesn’t do enough off the ball to fit into Unai Emery’s system,” Higginbotham wrote in the Sun.

“The German midfielder has suffered more than anyone from boss Emery’s arrival, despite being one of the best playmakers in the Premier League.

“This new-look Arsenal is all about intensity and pressing from the front, things that are not Ozil’s strengths.

“Emery has changed from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-2-1 recently and it has worked a treat.

“Earlier in the season, Arsenal had developed a bad habit of getting hit on the counter-attack.

“They weren’t losing games but the likes of Watford, Leicester and West Ham squandered chances — and should really have made the Gunners pay.

“The new system allows them to defend with five — the three centre-backs plus the two holding midfielders — and attack with five, with the width being provided by the full-backs.

“To do this successfully everyone needs to be in sync and know their roles inside out.

“If one player doesn’t do his job properly then you break the chain and allow the opposition in — hence why Ozil isn’t playing.”

One expert has claimed Ozil’s injury is down to video games.

“Yes, that [Fortnite] can be the cause of Ozil’s back problems,” said Ingo Frobose, the University Professor for Prevention and Rehabilitation in Sport at the German Sports University of Cologne.

“A competitive athlete feels the consequences of hours of inactivity much faster than a non-athlete.

“This is because Ozil’s physical structures are highly tuned due to his intense training. A non-athlete, however, does not notice that.”