Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal future will be decided in the coming days, according to Mikel Arteta.
In quotes that chime with what the player’s agent said yesterday, it sounds like Arsenal’s highest-earner could well be on his way out of the club during the January transfer window.
While Ozil wouldn’t have a problem seeing out the last six months of his contract at the Emirates – even if that comes at the expense of playing football – it sounds like a number of suitors are trying to lure in him on a short-term basis in advance of securing him for ‘free’ in the summer.
Turkish side Fenerbahce and MLS outfit DC United have both been in talks with the player in recent days with the Gunners apparently open to part-funding a temporary loan move.
Things remain up in the air, but you get the sense the boss would be happy to draw a line under the situation sooner rather than later.
“I don’t know what is going to happen,” said Arteta when asked about the German’s future.
“Obviously now he’s free to negotiate with other clubs. We will discuss internally what the best situation for him is for the near future, obviously with the player and the agent too, and try to find the best solution for everyone.
“I think every player wants to play football. This is why we picked this profession and we are so lucky to be doing what we do. For every player that’s not playing, it’s always hard.”
Pressed on whether the player could stay, he added: “I’m saying we will decide what’s happening in the next few days.”
Arteta went on to confirm that Ozil had been given some time off recently (presumably to hold talks with other clubs) and that a January exit could be sanctioned if it suits all involved.
“If something was sorted this month, it’s because it is good for both parties, it is good for Mesut and his future, and it’s good for the club.
“If that’s the case, we will move forward, or if its not the case, the player will stay here.
“He has been training with us, but he had some days because we decided to give him some days for something personal, but he has been training with us all the time.”
“We are aware of all the conversations we have had internally with Mesut and his agent, and this communication keeps going and of course he is free to talk to any club and he is entitled to do this.”
Arteta also made clear that he stands by his decision not to select Ozil for his Premier League and Europa League squads in the first half of the season.
“The decision has to be made when you have to reduce the list of players, when you have to play them or not play them all the time.
“We know that we have a really important player who is one of the key players in the past few seasons for this football club.
“We have to make a decision, I had to make a decision and I made it. I knew the consequences of it and now we’re going to have to make another one in January, and we will just putting the balance on what is the best thing for the club and the best thing for the team, and what the intentions of the player are, and we will try to find the right solutions for that.”