MESUT OZIL has failed to feature for Arsenal since the Premier League resumed this month.
The German midfielder failed to make the bench for the Manchester City defeat and was an unused substitute against Brighton.
Mikel Arteta confirmed he had dropped the £350,000-per-week star for "tactical reasons" for the game against City.
But the manager's efforts went unrewarded as the Gunners failed to register a single shot on target at the Etihad.
Ozil was named on the bench for the clash against Brighton, but that's where he stayed for the full 90 minutes.
After two defeats on the bounce, Arteta could be forced to test out a new approach against Southampton on Thursday.
One option would be to start Ozil in the midfield ahead of Matteo Guendouzi – who somehow escaped a three match ban.
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