Arsenal attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil has declared he is “going nowhere” despite his lack of game time under manager Unai Emery this season.
The German signed a three and a half year contract in January 2018, worth a reported £350,000 a week, and speaking to the Athletic (paywall), the 31-year-old confirmed his intention to see out his current deal:
“I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then… More recently things have been difficult and a lot has changed. But I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here.”
“Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere.”
Ozil has been linked with a loan move to Fenerbahce in recent weeks, and while a temporary move away from the Emirates in the January transfer window cannot be ruled out, the midfielder seems content to stay put.
Emery has explained the reason behind Ozil’s lack of matches, stating that other players are doing more on the training pitch, but it’s clear that the player and the manager are at odds.
With the German being the highest wage earner at the club, the Gunners would probably like to get the player off the club’s books, but his sizeable salary makes that a difficult task.