But, after performing a set of keepy-uppys in his back garden, Ozil now has his sights set on a return to Arsene Wenger's side when they face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
"They are all players who play in this similar position and it is very interesting because it gives me a lot of opportunities to keep them focused and refreshed", Wenger said.
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League, six points adrift of leaders Manchester City following a slow start to the season. "Chile just won the Copa America twice and now they don't even go to the World Cup", he said. 'We live in the world where people have opinions and sometimes they are right and sometimes they are not always proven right on the longer period.
"I would say you have in every generation a player who carries the pressure of expectation of a nation", the Frenchman said.
'Last season we played the last 11 games and won 10.
Wenger will also decide late on whether or not to field Alexis Sanchez, who will in midweek global action too, while Shkodran Mustafi has already been ruled out, and question marks remain over the fitness of Saed Kolasniac and Laurent Koscielny.
"That's when I knew he was a great manager".
"But I have many players, we speak about Jack and we speak about Iwobi". 'I genuinely think he wants to stay, I'm always positive about that'.
He also wanted assurances he would operate as a No 10 and, since signing his own contract extension, the manager has become tightly Wednesday to his 3-4-2-1 system which eliminates the traditional playmaker's role.