Arteta plays down talk of terminating Ozil & Sokratis contracts

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Mikel Arteta has hinted that Arsenal won’t look to prematurely end the contracts of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis in January even though it seems unlikely the pair will be handed the chance to represent the club again.

Forced to cull two non-homegrown players from his Premier League and Europa League squads, the Spaniard made the difficult decision to axe the German and Greek for the first half of the season. While they could, in theory, be reinstated in January it seems he’s more likely to prioritise the integration of potential new recruits.

Given both players are out of contract in the summer, it’s been suggested that Arsenal could just buy them out of the remainder of their deals thereby removing an issue that has become a repeated talking point. While it sounds like Sokratis is open to a January loan move, Ozil and his representatives have made it clear he’s in no rush to seek pastures new.

Arteta doesn’t seem to have a problem with the stance of either player.

“You have to respect the players’ contracts,” he said when asked about the pair. “As I’ve said before you just have to be open with them and tell them your intentions, the role they have in the team and why that is.

“At the end, they are entitled to make a decision in their lives because they have a contract here. Some would like to move because they are not playing and some would like to stay, that’s something we can’t decide.”

Arteta also touched on the difficulties of keeping players happy when some know that they won’t get the game time they want or think they deserve.

“Communication is key, they have to understand their role,” he said. “That’s really important. In order to do that you have to be very clear from the first day, what they have to expect.

“If you’re not, they start to get some frustration there that is very unnecessary for both parties. That has to be clear and agreed and after that when a player doesn’t play, it’s really difficult to be happy because their profession is to play football.

“When they are sitting on the bench, they are being there and being supportive of the team but they are not doing what they love than anything in their life.

“At the end of the day, you have to find minutes for everybody but you need some consistency as well in your lineups. When we have four competitions it’s easier, it’s healthier.

“Then we have another fight, we have a large squad for this season so there are some players that don’t play at all, they are not in the squad and they know they won’t have any chance to be in that squad. That is tough mentally for them to maintain that motivation and that positivity around the place for a lot of months. That’s a big task.”

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Iain

Is there any point in paying out Ozil ? I could easily imagine him signing with another club immediately, then actually playing well :S and us effectively boosting a rival??

Paul

If the club didn’t pay him out since, they won’t do it now.

Let him sit there and waste his short career.

Happy New year everyone

Cultured Determination

Yup. Unless it’s like we pay half and he cant sign for another epl team till end season. But then again it’s covid time. He’s looking to go to usa for 1 last holiday pay cheque (after being on holiday with us for 4 years) so he’s just sitting tight and waiting it out.

goongot

It’s so easy to see this for us arsenal fans. He’s playing out his contract for the money and maybe bonus. He shows to the world as if he cares about arsenal but reality is different. He’s not played an whole season since last 3 years and has still not made noise for move out. Such an greedy ass who has prioritzed money over game time. but then he’s a business man now.

Artetas Assistant

In fairness if you love the vibe of a club (as in any relationship any of us get into in our lives) , you might stick it out and hope things become favorable again. This could be the reason people stay in a toxic rship, because (of security of all that bands 🤑🤑 weekly) a different leader at the club and he has Ozil in the team; or at least that’s what Ozil believes . Clearly Ozil knew Emery’s time wouldn’t last and was riding high on that belief. He probably recognized similar trends that gave him hope of Mikels… Read more »

Dave Cee

Whatever the truth of him hoping to wait out 2 managers, the truth is his contract expires in June and NO manager at Arsenal will be giving him a new one. He clearly is not that interested in playing football anymore. If he hasn’t found a loan move by February 1 we may as well pay him off

Artetas Assistant

Fair enough

Reality check

He can actually make more money if he signs as a free agent now and Arsenal subsidise some of that salary to have him off the books. There’s much more to it then what we think..

The Arsenal

Im so annoyed with Ozil and his situation I dont blame him anymore that’s completely on Wenger and Gazidis. To play Ozils Advocate, He’s had a long career and won most titles and accolades you can for club and country with new players emerging he knew his chances of a Ballon d”or were gone. Wenger signed him when he was already beginning to wane and before Germanys World cup win. Lost all desire after that but was still playing for a decent side living in london earning good money than as his contract is nearly up with both he and… Read more »

Alex

I’m not sure you understand what “advocate” means, you’re comment should defend Ozil if you’re playing his advocate.

fmikel

Yup…LOL…sorry…

fmikel

Yup….blame everyone and anyone else but this big time player. Nice!!!!…..

Think about it long and hard, who is the actual victim here. “.Wenger thought he was consolidating a committed player when in reality he was helping Ozil into a care home and early retirement“.

Now you made Ozil sound like a world class con artist.

A P

Can you at least be consistent and use one username?

fmikael

Yup…sorry… didn’t even noticed until you point that out ..its supposed to be mikael… all the time…but I might missed out on the “a” again on occasions, I supposed..even this time I have to take a hard second look to understand what you are talking about….

K.K

What a racist cunt and a pig. Have some respect for yourself and the people who entertain you. Get you facts right. Before Wenger left, how many times did Ozil play compared to Ramsey.

TJOY

Is that you Dictator Ergodan?

K.K

Racist people like you who hide on here because we can’t see your faces to know who you really are. You must be an foolish man’s child to think that Arsenal is only supported by UK residents. Shame on you and who ever raised you.

TJOY

The shame should be all yours for making a complete tool of yourself.. I hope you get the professional help you need bro before you’re let out in the real world

Dave Cee

I’ve scrolled up 3 times to reread the comment and I still can’t see anything even remotely connected to race, #headscratching

GraeB

Arsenal fans are proud of the worldwide fanbase and enjoy conversing with those who have even weirder kick off times than us.

There was nothing racist in the posts until you arrived. I abhor racism but also abhor those trying to bring it in to every argument.

For the record, I love the football Ozil played and will always remember the way he totally ran the Villa cup final. I cannot defend him walking away from a game he professes to love though I can understand the gardening leave mentality.

Reality check

What’s racist about goongot’s comment? I am struggling to point out, honestly, help me..

Onenil

Not racist. He doesn’t mention race. Calling someone a cunt and a pig however is abusive.
Maybe get your own house in order K.K?

JB1

Does K.K need to add another K …?!

pitzkale

My thoughts exactly

COYG 1001

Calling a Muslim or a Jew a pig … at best it’s oblivious.

Rich

This logic is respectfully, deeply flawed. It’s the equivalent of thinking you can’t dump your partner, in spite of them putting no effort into your relationship, and your relationship clearly running it’s course Because you’re frightened your partner will enter into a more harmonious relationship with someone else. Wanting to stay in a bad relationship, just to stop your partner from entering a new more productive relationship, is absolute basket case behaviour, steeped in jealousy + envy. Ozil has clearly lost his passion for playing football, he might commit to a new club for a few months, but a leopard… Read more »

TUMANG

Its amazing how fans are quick to accuse players of being greedy for the simple reason of holding the club accountable for a contract offered. Ozil doesn’t need to go anywhere to appease Arsenal. I’m fan of the club but if it wants him gone they can sell him.

Cultured Determination

He tLks about minutes. How about giving minutes to players who deserve it? Why are we registering and playing kola when we know he’s gonna leave and when there’s saliba? I dont believe saliba’s not good enough cos his partner is doing pretty well in leicester.
Why play mustafi? Why bring in willian?

Ndouzi

I agree 100%

Reality check

This is one reason I am not sold on Arteta yet. Some of his decisions don’t make much sense in terms of football and his man management skills leave a lot to be desired. Pep has failed to deal with strong personalities all his career, seems like Arteta is cut from the same cloth..

Alex

Fully agree with this. There is simply no way the right person couldn’t have got assists and goals out of a player like Ozil and having him available for footballing reasons would have been the right thing for me.

Having a high quality player turn up for training, where they are showing every week what they can do to help the team but aren’t allowed to do, cannot be good for Arsenal

Dave Cee

Disagree totally. Ozil has no interest in working hard for Arsenal, he is in semi-retirement, and has been for a while. Counting the days till he is gone

Daveo

That’s it.if Özil wanted to be corps and if he played with effort and sacrificed for the team, pressed, actually made a tackle or header (something he hadn’t done in about a decade) then sure Özil could be an massive asset for this team, but he has shown on and off the proxy he couldn’t be arsed. Truly pathetic mentality to sit by and not play just to cash in. That alone sums him up and where he is now at. Like was said before, he’s now a businessman, not a footballer anymore

nikoniko

Seriously? Weren’t you part of the Ozil-sign-that-deal a few years ago? Weren’t you elated, stoked coz he just did it? Now you talking decades plus he couldn’t be arsed. I don’t get this toxicity. Let that guy be. He signed it, the contract gotta be respected just as Arteta as mentioned and nothing more.

Daveo

I’m talking decades about making an actual tackle or a header. Seriously I cannot remember the last time he made either. His avoidance of anything physical was the last straw for me. Watching Özil hover around people on possession ended our relationship. Hope he never puts on the shirt again. And yes I was a massive fan of his. I hoped he stayed because that window was another we fucked up (Alexei.. Mihki). But there is no doubting out was a massive mistake and the club knew his efforts in training, on the pitch and off it.they had more info… Read more »

A P

Why did other players who know much better than a numbnut like you say that Ozil is very professional in training?

Daveo

Yes, actually Ramsey said it and so did Werger, both within a few days of each other a few months back. How did you know my nuts were numb? Just got back in from dipping them in the snow

Daveo

https://www.football.london/arsenal-fc/news/arsenal-mesut-ozil-ramsey-contract-19079516

I guess you need a link since you seem a bit limited in your researching capabilities even with your cost warm nuts and all

Dave Cee

Wow, he is professional in training! He turns up on time everyday and enjoys a light kick about, swoon, maybe we should be paying him more! No matter that he has done fuck all in a proper match in years

Qwaliteee

With virtually his last touch in his last game, he set up an assist for Lacazette to score our winner against West Ham at home last March.

Your memory is about as good as Arteta’s brand of football.

Hank Scorpio

Outstanding under Arteta against Man U also, most chances created per 90 minutes played last season despite a disrupted season and typically top 3 distance covered per game.

fmikael

Wasn’t it his 20th assist in just 18 games last season?

TUMANG

100%

Sachin

Ozil is not a header or a tackler. It’s like judging Holding for not banging them in from distance. Thinking Ozil is overpaid, distracted is one thing… judging him for what he never ever has done is bollocks. We fans love going after our own players thinking that’ll solve our problems.

nikoniko

Thank you! Every player is unique. And a good coach manages those unique talents and sets up the team ( underline the TEAM) to utilize them to maximum impact. Expecting a fish to climb a tree is utter bollocks. Extreme stupidity

Reality check

Nice one Sachin. Couldn’t agree more

Daveo

Bollocks. so because he is an AM it is completely fine to shirk making tackles or headers? Glad you’re not in charge. Every heard of high pressing? There are one or two really good teams that give it a go… With Özil and xhaka we have up our pressing system. ALL players need to make defensive efforts and the fact Özil won’t is why he’s on the outer with his 4th straight manager (well 5th of you count José at real)… Let it go. Mesut and arsenal are done.

Hank Scorpio

We’re bottom 3 in pressing. What is Ozil going to do? Make us last? Your claim that he is on the outer with his 5th straight manager is clearly false.

Hank Scorpio

Oh and Ozil’s defensive stats per game were equal and in some categories better than Laca’s last season.

Dave Cee

Subtle difference there, if Holding has a good opportunity to shoot he will. Ozil actively avoids heading and tackling to the detriment of the team.

Goodly morning

I know what you mean Dave but I also think some players try to bring the ball down and make the ball bounce to thwart defenders. The passages of head tennis are quite a premier league thing.

Qwaliteee

‘To sit by and not play…’

Who picks the team, Arteta or Ozil……?

Dear God, some of you are hard work.

fmikel

Yup ..we still got over 20 games left ….Now that he is playing/auditioning/plotting for a new 350k contract at Arsenal /somewhere else, this high quality WORLD CLASS player might just improved on the 1 goal 2 assists he produced in 18 games last season:)

Walter White

Agreed. Saliba must have looked really rusty in preseason though since Arteta would have loaned him out if it.
But he should have the chance now

Takeshita

I think with the Saliba situation its pretty difficult to judge what the actual problem is. I believe Arteta wouldn’t be naive enough like Tony Pulis to sideline him if Saliba was indeed world class. But if you go by everyone else’s word – his ex-colleagues, mates, ex coach, opposition players etc he can perform at the top level.

I would personally love to hear what Jeorge Bird had to say on this and perhaps from Andrew too with his trademark, “As I am told….. ” 😀

Alex

I don’t believe Arteta can manage personalities very well. If you want to have the very best team in the world, you need to be able to handle these players so you can take what they add and “pay” what they cost (in terms of personalities). Do you honestly think Arteta can handle Ozil, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, etc? These players deliver something their counterparts cannot but Arteta isn’t willing to pay the price and that will not stand in the way of us reaching 4th place in the future but I do fear it will stand in the way of PL… Read more »

Sachin

Who said Arteta HAS to handle strong personalities. Every manager has his strengths. As long as he delivers, Arteta can do what he likes. If you hear Ibra he still moans about being sold by Pep. Pep goes about his business not giving a fuck, finding and working with world class players who he jives with better.

Reality check

Pep has been blessed with blank checks all his managerial career. Arteta doesn’t have that facility with Arsenal, or with any other financially restricted clubs he might manage in the future. You have to work with what you’ve got before its too late to make changes. This is something Arteta must look at, dictatorship, authoritarianism doesn’t work for very long with millionaire athletes.

MrT

Arteta ain’t delivering mate…
Pep delivers…
You little Arteta fan boy

A P

What has Arteta delivered? On the main page, it seems that he had managed Auba’s goal drought too!

Vaibhav Pandey

Lets talk about what you have delivered in real life. How about another FA cup for a start!

fmikel

Time will tell us more on Arteta actual capabilities….and I have not made my mind up yet on him. But Ozil is certainly a bad egg to be around the up and coming young players. All he has shown us so far is that he is not hungry or in a hurry to play and would rather sits on his entitlement.

Reality check

“bad egg to be around the up and coming young players”

Young players idolise him and learn from him. jus read what current fan favourite Smith Rowe has to say about his influence.

Vaibhav Pandey

Yeah ofcourse, they learn how to con clubs into fat paychekcs without giving any shit to working. I am sure, if you have someone who can give you such advice about your job you will worship him/her.

fmikael

Please provide the link or keyword to the article where Emile praised Ozil on his applications on the field. I have done my research on the tenet and I cannot find it. So just please help me… The nearest I could find on my own is this https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/13634991/arsenal-ozil-smith-rowe-tweet-west-brom/. Which is basically Ozil saying Arsenal need a difference maker like him. While I agree with Ozil on the basis of what Emile has shown us in the last three games. I can’t agree that Ozil is the difference maker based on what he has shown the last 2 or 3 seasons.… Read more »

TJOY

Reading Jorges reports on the U23 games Saliba has played in, I’d summarise as commanding and progressive with the ball but prone to some mistakes. Although this article will give you his direct opinion
‘William Saliba shows that he deserves Premier League chances’
https://arsenalyouth.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/william-saliba-shows-that-he-deserves-premier-league-chances/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

nikoniko

you amaze me. Same Arteta was naive enough to be believe Runarsson was world class. Dont tell me Saliba wouldn’t fit enough to play cup games. Dont tell me Arsenal would spend 24M and would’t be arsed to realise ROI in 2 going 3 seasons.

Takeshita

Mistakes do happen. If you remember back in 2009 Italian Aquillani joined Liverpool for a big money transfer fee. They eventually sold him in 2 yrs time stating him unfit for the EPL. I am not saying the same for Saliba but it’s difficult to judge anything based on internet emotions and speculations. Hence wanted to hear from someone genuine.

Gunner

His partner ? Fofana was his understudy ffs. Saliba needed time after his parents’ death, but I think he’s ready now. He and Gabriel are the future of our defence. And for god’s sake, don’t sell Bellerin

The Arsenal

I truly believe Edu and others made basic clerical errors in the Saliba situation.

Dave Cee

Mustafi has generally played pretty well under Arteta. Not great, but far from the awful player we saw in the previous 3 seasons. Consider this, most Arsenal fans thought he would be missed in the FA Cup final. That speaks a lot to the CB options at the time as much as his renaissance, but still. It wasn’t criminal to include him in this year’s squad, especially considering Sok was meant to be leaving.

Qwaliteee

Mustafi was Wenger’s worst signings and has cost this club millions of pounds in lost points, lost ECL places whilst giving the rest of the football world a fucking good laugh at this club’s expense. He can’t defend for toffee, drops his teammates in it and tries to blame them for his own stupidity when goals are conceded due to his cock ups.

The day he leaves I shall crack open a fucking big bottle of champagne, make no mistake.

Qwaliteee

This circus is Arteta’s creation. If he drops the guy indefinitely and then continually side steps his reasons why, that leads to a media field day, unrest in the dressing room, the team’s focus being undermined and a lot of idiots masquerading as supporters hating on the player for a concoction of assorted untruths that they have absolutely no proof of or where evidence suggests to the contrary – the two year/last 18 month myth springs to mind. Unhealthy for the club. Unhealthy for the (genuine) fans. Unhealthy for the team. Unhealthy for the player, despite him maintaining a dignified… Read more »

Francesc

Ozil should have left when he clearly knew he was not in manager’s plans. But he chose to sit on his sofa and chill with Flamini.. Not Arteta’s fault that Ozil didnt want to fuck off when he was clearly asked to.. Blind Ozil lovers like you are spreading negativity against Arteta and Arsenal.

nikoniko

You are wrong, Period!

Sachin

Not Ozil’s fault when managers clearly don’t know how to build a team around him. Riquelme was a genius for managers who knew how to work with what he had and not expect him to do things he never was going to do. Ozil’s style is out of fashion these days but to call him lazy is frankly stupid. At best, he is unmotivated.

Qwaliteee

How can people who want to see Mesut Ozil back in the side and creating goal opportunities for the rest of the team be construed as being negative….?

As for Arteta – he’s created his own negativity. His decisions, his choices, his negativity, his league position, his boring football, his allegiance to Willian, his omission of Ozil, his fault.

Vaibhav Pandey

Some Qwaliteee toxic shit, just like name 😀

Pete Plum

Thanks Francesc can you explain it again from a football perspective?

Toure Motors

Most people on this site don’t seem to hate ozil. They are mostly rational people who see that it was the clubs mistake to him the contract they did and that he is perfectly entitled to see his contract out. Most rational fans can see that his situation is corrosive for the club. every arsenal fan should realize that he will be gone in the summer and we’ll have the choice of continuing to support Arsenal or supporting ozil at his new club. Having supported arsenal for 40 years, I know which one I’ll be choosing

Sachin

I wish what you say was true. Alas we only see fans who are perpetually dissatisfied or riding a 3-1 win high as if it was the second coming. IF it isn’t Ozil, it is Arteta, or Mustafi or Xhaka or Bellerin or Elneny or Laca or best of all Wenger.

Qwaliteee

This current mess is down to Arteta – no one else.

Doey

Following on from that, and not excusing the hierarchy for the numerous other mistakes they’ve made, they pretty clearly made an attempt to clear house in the summer, even giving away Mhiki for example. Knowing all the bad press that’s come along with Ozil in the last couple of years, I absolutely believe the club will have offered deals for him to leave and play elsewhere just to end the saga. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were offering to cut price sell him in the Emery era, as well. He’s absolutely entitled to stick to his contract but I… Read more »

Pete Plum

WTF?

Dave Cee

I’ve got it now. Qwalitee, you are Dr Ergut, right?

fmikel

hehehe….these days I can’t tell who is actually part of a PR team and who is simply just a genuine Ozil’s BATman.

Qwaliteee

And all the while, Arsenal are having their worst league campaign for four decades, playing the most boring football ever known in the game.

Glad to see you’ve got your priorities right……

fmikael

My priorities is rebuilding minus bad eggs…and I dont believe I still have to clarify this,….To THOSE who still misunderstood what I meant by bad eggs…I am not referring to playing ability but simply bad attitude…I’m not doubting his playing ability, I’ am questioning his application…And I think Arsenal would do well to rid players such as this coz they could infect others through constant exposure and contact….

A P

Wow, you must be Arteta’s nanny?

Qwaliteee

Or his hairdresser.

K.K

The most intelligent comment l have read here in a long time. 👊👍

fmikael

Hehehe..good one…you are my good friend…

Assshavin

“(genuine) fans”…smh How many times was Ozil “ill” after he signed the new contract? How much did Ozil play into the fans frustations and the clubs difficult position, to get his massive contract? How many times does his pr team take a stab at the club? Are you really this blind? The man is a cancer to this football club. Everyone wanted him out after his display in the Europa League. Was by far the worst player on the pitch. He didnt like the manager, thats fine. But not giving your best in a european cup final, is an insult… Read more »

Qwaliteee

Wrong.

Ozil is not wanted by Mikel Arteta.

The worst manager this club has had since Billy Wright.

Vaibhav Pandey

So what is wrong with that? The same happened with Sokratis, Torriera et al. Manager not fancying some players for his future plans is nothing new. Although I feel Guendouzi could have been dealt better considering his tender age and talent. He could develop into real Arsenal asset.

MrT

Totally agree with you ‘ Welcome to Arteta Circus ‘
To all Arteta Fan boys…. Leaving Mesut Ozil & Soktaris out of the squad , has it been justified ?
Right until ESR was integrated into the team , All you Arteta Fan boys were shouting out for ‘ creativity ‘.
I’ll give Credit were it is due to Arteta, he did try persistently with Willian & expected him to be the creater & goalscorer…
( Never happened )
#ArtetaOut #EduOut

Internal Solutions

Time to let it go dude

Vaibhav Pandey

Don’t worry he will bow out with his lord Ozil in summer 😀

Francesc

Even if some club would have agreed to pay 100k out of Ozil’s 350k I am sure Arsenal would have happily let ozil go. So basically he chose sit on his sofa and chill.. embarrassing attitude from a big player like ozil.. what kind of a mindset is this really? Can someone explain?

Dave Cee

I’ll try, it’s the attitude of someone who has no interest in competing in the PL anymore, or basically anywhere for that matter. Happy to pick up his paycheck and do nothing.

K.K

And where are you on table with or without him?? Common sense is not known to everyone

Sachin

I’d love to be in Ozil’s shoes right now. At a club I clearly love and flush with cash playing with some really cool people. This guy has won it all. He doesn’t need to prove it to an insecure, resentful fanbase that doesn’t know the meaning of loyalty. He has been repeatedly picked on for his political stances and his style of play and now has a really thick skin. I really wish I was like him – good at what I do with the belief in my convictions to not quake every time someone rants bitterly on the… Read more »

Qwaliteee

Who picks the team?

Arteta or Ozil…?

Why is it sooooo difficult for some of you to get it?

nikoniko

it is your mentality that is in question. i will explain. Why bother bout someone’s choices when he is within all legal rights to choose as such? You encouraged him to sign the dotted lines few years back. And he is honoring that very document he signed

Public Elneny

He’s obviously well within his legal rights to sit and leech, no one is questioning that

But why should we as Arsenal fans, who presumably want the club to do well, have any respect at all for that decision?

There are many things we are legally entitled to do, but reflect terribly on us if we actually do them

K.K

Well said, forget about these ungrateful Arsenal fan base. If he were to be a white English man, they would be praising his loyalty and commitment even though Ramsey was shit and hard ever played a 1/4 of a season, they praised him and hardly Ever heard word. Ozil plays football and not rugby-football. Wise up and read UNTOLD ARSENAL and be teach Yourself how to be an Arsenal fan.

fmikael

Well how appropriate Ozil SHOULD START TO BE PRACTICING GOLF NOW, then….His personality and style would fit GOLF like a glove….There’s no need for contact, and you can basically just walk your way all throughout the game. But Ozil did have many sore back problems though, so he still have to be wary of that with golf. As an ordinary Asian and a Muslim…Ramsey nationality means nothing to me …but after seeing his ankle dangling out like “that”, I cannot find it in myself to be ungrateful/blame him for his recurring injury problems (the abovementioned occurred while representing Arsenal by… Read more »

Qwaliteee

Totally agree.

The lad is merely exercising his contractual and therefore legal rights.

Is it his fault that Arteta is a clueless rookie, clearly out of his depth…..?

fmikael

I agree with you , you are absolutely right, legally there is nothing wrong.

But I don’t know, may be I am just a naive monkey fan……it just doesn’t sits right with me, especially with a player of his supposedly supreme talent and ability….I can still find room to have empathy for the likes of Bogarde and Sokratis though….weird haa….

At the end of day, I guess one just have to take a long look at himself in the mirror to decide whether what Ozil is doing sits right with him.

Riku

If ozil went to Turkey on loan and was average or worse , he might not get a good next contract from them or others . They may not want him
This 18 months rest could be semi retirement or may extend his career and ozil could still be earning playing in Qatar league when he is 40 as this rest extended his playing time.
He has played since 17 like Rooney Wayne, 13 years by 30 . Which is average career length of most players.

Qwaliteee

It’s called being banned indefinitely when all you want to do is go to work.

If your boss did that and you were still contracted on £350k a week until next May – would you leave……?

Take your time, mate………

SarcasmB0t

Big kudos to whoever found this picture of Ozil proposing to Sokratis.

Public Elneny

Looks like Sok is turning him down gently

Goonerink

probably the only gentle thing Papa has done!

Catbiscuits

I hope ozil leaves in January because I’m curious if he can still perform well in a slower paced, less physical league.

Qwaliteee

Don’t you worry about him, sunshine. He’s a World Cup Winner and one of the best creative attacking midfielders of the modern era. He’ll be fine, whoever he plays for.

It’s Arsenal you need to worry about.

A mid table/relegation battle, a manager who thinks he knows it all after 18 months in the game and our worst league campaign for four decades.

Vaibhav Pandey

I am with Arteta on this one as he got it spot on. He needs to look at the future even if there are some bumps on the road. Ozil is not the future he was THE PAST. I do wish Ozil well for future but he is not Arsenal’s future irrespective of what happens with Arsenal.

fmikael

Despite your assurance on his merits, I do worry a bit for him though …. like Sokratis, it appears to me he seems to be unable to find neither a better entitlement nor a healthier workplace to work currently.

You know what, I have not seen him work for almost a year now. And for me that matters, I want to see a good player work, whether its here or elsewhere.

Tell me something, he has an abundant of choices now right ttt….why is he currently choosing not to work? It boggles me.

J E Cashy

Why not we just take this as both parties respecting the contract? It’s Arteta’s prerogative to decide whether he wants Özil in the squad for whatever reason and it is Özil’s decision to stay and fight for a place. We hear all sorts of things being said by fans but seems there are only good things being said about Özil by his team-mates, past and present. And should there be personality clashes colouring the whole situation, let’s leave them where they belong – between the parties involved. We fans should stop the backseat driving, it’s getting ridiculously toxic with no… Read more »

Dave Cee

So that’s Arteta, Ljungberg, Emery and even Wenger towards the end, not to mention the German national team. Clearly nothing to do with Ozil though. Certainly Arsenal have to respect the contract but I as an Arsenal fan do not have to respect the player

Qwaliteee

The sooner Arteta is out of this club, the better.

Vaibhav Pandey

Dude in a professional setting, when people speak, they never criticize colleagues publicly. If you were to give an opinion about your colleague publicly, for sure you would not criticize your colleague.