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'Season prep is on': Arsenal's frozen out £350,000-a-week star Mesut Ozil is ready to return as Mikel Arteta brings him back into fold in friendly one week before campaign starts Mesut Ozil made his Arsenal return during the 3-2 friendly defeat by Aston Villa The Germany international did not feature for the Gunners after Covid lockdown Ozil had suggested Gunners players were 'rushed' into taking pay cuts However, Mikel Arteta appears to forgiven him ahead of opener against Fulham 

By Tom Caldon For Mailonline

Published: 19:42 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 20:30 BST, 6 September 2020

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Mesut Ozil has told Arsenal fans 'season prep is on!' after making his first friendly appearance of the summer in the 3-2 defeat by Aston Villa.

The Germany international was ostracised from the Arsenal squad following the resumption of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign and it looked unlikely he would be given a second chance by manager Mikel Arteta.  

But the midfielder, who is under contract until 2021, was brought in from the cold to play in Saturday's friendly at the Emirates Stadium, and he took to social media to mark his return. 

Mesut Ozil made his Arsenal return in the 3-2 pre-season defeat by Aston Villa at the Emirates

Mesut Ozil made his Arsenal return in the 3-2 pre-season defeat by Aston Villa at the Emirates

The out-of-favour midfielder had been training with former Gunners man Mathieu Flamini

The out-of-favour midfielder had been training with former Gunners man Mathieu Flamini

scored both goals for the hosts but they were unable to avoid defeat in the behind-closed-doors exhibition match.

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