Mikel Arteta has told Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil what they need to do to get back in the first-team picture at Arsenal.
Arteta has dropped Guendouzi for the Gunners’ last three games after the midfielder clashed with Brighton’s Neal Maupay during Arsenal’s defeat on June 20.
And Ozil hasn’t made an appearance since the restart, although Arsenal have said he missed the last two games due to a back injury.
Arsenal have been on a three-match run without the midfield pair, and there has been speculation that both players could leave the Emirates this summer.
But Gunners boss Arteta has insisted the door is open to both players to work their way back into his plans.
The 38-year-old has previously said he is prepared to involve any player who was willing to “get on the boat”.
Asked what he meant by that, Arteta said: “Players that respect the values we want to implement, that they are 100 per cent committed to our culture, and players that are accountable every day for what we demand from them.
“Players that are ready to help each other, fight for each other and enjoy playing together.
“That is what I mean by being in the boat. If you behave like this every day, you are very, very welcome here and we want to get the best out of you and help you to enjoy your profession with us.”
Now that the games are coming thick and fast following football’s return to action, players are spending less time training, and Arteta was asked how he judges which players have the right attitude.
“Now we don’t spend as much time as we used to before, but you see that in every reaction of the player,” the manager said in quotes reported by Goal.
“What time he comes into training, how he comes, how ready he is, the way he communicates, the energy he brings in, the way he transmits his feelings to his team-mates, the way he reacts to certain things, the way he behaves in training, during games, there are a lot of things that we can pick up.”
Guendouzi is believed to have told Arsenal bosses he wants to leave this summer, while in contrast, Ozil has insisted he wants to see out the remaining year on his contract.
Arteta said: “We all have moments when you have doubts about your future, you have difficult times and that is why the conversations have to be open,” said Arteta.
“You have to create an environment for the players so they can trust you, to express those feelings. Even with me.
“If you do that you are always willing to help them, to try to guide them, to give them clarity, direction and support when they need it to feel comfortable. Make them feel they are at the right place.”