Mesut Ozil has once again confirmed his stance that he won’t be leaving Arsenal before his contract expires in 2021.
The last time the German attacking midfielder was given a game was back in March, when Arsenal beat West Ham by 1-0 at the Emirates in the Premier League. His place in the team has seemed lost from the earliest stages of the season, when Unai Emery, still at the helm back then, repeatedly claimed he was leaving Ozil out only for tactical reasons. He was given another chance to reclaim it when Mikel Arteta took over, but the fact that even the new coach hasn’t used him for such a long time points towards the player having no place in his plans. Overall, Ozil played a total of 23 games in 2019/20, scoring once and assisting three times.
In the present financial situation, only to be described as difficult, Arsenal would like to get his £350,000-per-week wages off their bill so they could redirect some of those precious funds towards new contracts and new signings. However, as he revealed to David Ornstein in his exclusive interview with The Athletic journalist, Ozil has no intention of fulfilling that particular wish of theirs. He is adamant that he’ll be at the Emirates to the final day of his contract and intends to put in a strong effort to force his way back into the team, confident that he still has a lot to offer on the pitch and that he’d be able to help the club in that way.
Ozil also spoke about his refusal of the club’s proposal of a 12.5 % pay cut for the first team players, and said that the reason for his reluctance to agree to that was that there were no satisfactory explanations from the club on the need for it or the way those funds would’ve been redistributed. And despite reports at the time claiming he was the only Arsenal player to refuse the proposal, Ozil claims he is aware of some teammates making the same decision too.