Mikel Arteta hinted at fresh problems with Mesut Ozil after the German was dropped from the Arsenal squad for the north London derby.

Ozil is the Gunners' best-paid player and he isn't carrying an injury at the moment.

But the World Cup winner didn't even make the bench for the club's most important fixture of the season against Tottenham.

When asked about his absence, Arteta refused to go into details about the situation, but said: "We will manage it internally."

Arsenal took the lead against Spurs in north London on Sunday through Alexandre Lacazette, but conceded twice to lose 2-1.

Mikel Arteta hinted at fresh problems with Mesut Ozil

Arteta added: "I'm disappointed, frustrated and sorry for the boys. But, if you give the two goals away that we have given, it's very difficult.

"We have to learn. Every game something happens. A little margin here, a little margin there. It will happen. Points wise, it's a massive blow, but we will keep trying (for Europe)."

"If we minimise the mistakes we do and keep playing like that, we will win many, many football games."

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