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'The team is evolving, you see the level they are achieving... I try to select players that are in better condition': Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta offers a blunt assessment on why Mesut Ozil's exile continued in Carabao Cup win at Leicester Mikel Arteta suggested his Arsenal side is evolving without attacker Mesut Ozil  The Gunners made seven changes at the King Power Stadium in 2-0 victory  Ozil has not been involved at all since Project Restart after starting every match

By Mark Mann-bryans, Press Association Sport

Published: 23:54 BST, 23 September 2020 | Updated: 01:15 BST, 24 September 2020

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Mikel Arteta suggested his Arsenal side is evolving without Mesut Ozil as the club's highest-paid player again missed out on the squad for Wednesday's Carabao Cup win at Leicester.

The Gunners made seven changes at the King Power Stadium as a Christian Fuchs own goal and late Eddie Nketiah tap-in sealed a 2-0 victory for the visitors.

Despite those alterations there was still no room in the matchday squad for either Ozil or Matteo Guendouzi, who have yet to kick a ball this season.

Mikel Arteta suggested his Arsenal side is evolving without Mesut Ozil as he missed out again

Mikel Arteta suggested his Arsenal side is evolving without Mesut Ozil as he missed out again

Ozil has not been involved since Project Restart having previously started every game

Ozil has not been involved since Project Restart having previously started every game

Ozil has not been involved at all since Project Restart having previously started every Premier League game under Arteta before lockdown.

Asked why the World Cup winner had fallen out of favour, Arteta replied: 'The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving.

'This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better.

'We need to keep maintaining that.

'I'm really happy with the performance here, how difficult they're making things for the coaching staff to select the squad.

Arteta said: 'The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving' as Ozil missed out

Arteta said: 'The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving' as Ozil missed out

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