Mesut Ozil has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer and plans to run his contract down, according to ESPN.
As you probably remember, the German was a part of a big contract problem halfway through the 2017/18 season, the last of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign. Both him and Alexis Sanchez were making an already difficult life of the club’s decision makers even more complicated, and while Sanchez eventually left for Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ozil signed a new contract which made him the highest paid played at the club by far, reportedly earning a whopping £350,000 per week.
It now appears it was foolish to believe the problem was thereby solved. Despite the contract indicating quite clearly that he had the club’s trust to be the leader on the pitch, the player around which the team would be revolving, Ozil has never been the same player again. Inconsistency had been seen from him before, but more often that not he glossed it over with a superb performance or two. But now, it’s been a very long time since he contributed anything of real note, and it could have, perhaps, been explained as a tactical misfit under Unai Emery, the fact that he still doesn’t do nearly enough with Mikel Arteta in charge is pretty damning.
Arsenal now find themselves stuck deep in mud. Their financial troubles, enhanced by the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, have been widely reported, while the performances and results on the pitch scream for a complete restructuring. That, of course, requires money, and thus we return to finances – a dark magic circle, if you will.
The club have apparently been trying to part ways with Ozil and get his wages of the bill since last summer, but it seems no club has been willing to take him on under such terms and he is unwilling to take a pay cut. As things stand, Arsenal have no way of forcing him out of the club if he’s prepared to be frozen out of the team completely in order to keep his salary. He is therefore set to stay put until next year, when his contract finally expires.