Arsenal: Mikel Arteta says he’s been ‘fair’ with Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil remains committed to seeing out his Arsenal contract, his agent Erkut Sogut has claimed. The midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since March and was left out of Mikel Arteta’s 25-man Premier League squad at the start of the season.
The 32-year-old has been tipped to depart north London in January, with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce one side who have been linked with a move for his services in recent weeks.
However, it seems as if Ozil would be happy to stay with Arsenal until his current £350,000-per-week contract expires at the end of the season.
Sogut told TMW that the German World Cup winner’s loyalty remains with the Gunners despite having been ostracised from Arteta’s first-team plans.
“Of course, there are many clubs interested in him,” Sohut said, as reported by the Daily Star. “This has never changed, but his willingness to honour his contract and play hasn’t changed either.
“Again, he’s a man of his word, loyal, and loyalty is hard to find in these times. It is not an easy situation.
“He loves the club and the fans deeply, and is deeply sorry that he has not been given a chance this season.”
Ozil has played over 250 times for Arsenal since joining from Real Madrid in 2013, registering 44 goals and 77 assists during his seven-year spell with the club.
Legendary former boss Arsene Wenger came out in defence of the midfielder earlier this month, claiming that he is not a tricky character to work with and praising him as an ‘artist’.
“He was not difficult to manage,” Wenger told ESPN. “He was a guy who had a special quality as a creative player and needed to have fun.
“He is an artist and these guys are a bit more sensitive. They need support and an environment that pushes them to give their best.”
The Frenchman, who led the club to their most recent Premier League title in 2004, also offered Arteta advice on how to solve his Ozil conundrum.
“You have two ways to see a football team. You get everybody to do the same. The same intensity of work, the same defensive work or you find a compromise,” Wenger continued.
“You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies. That is what you have to think about.
“I believe that you have to explain to a player that no matter what his future plan is, his interest and his job is to perform at the present [club]. It’s the best way to prepare your future, to play well in the present,” he added.
Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways following last weekend’s lacklustre defeat against Burnley with victory over high-flying Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening.
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