Mesut Ozil’s agent insists the midfielder will see out the remainder of his contract at Arsenal and has revealed his surprise at the star’s exclusion from the Gunners’ Premier League squad.
Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since March and has found himself exiled under Mikel Arteta this season, the German having been omitted from the north London side’s squad list for both their Premier League and Europa League campaigns.
The 31-year-old has entered the final months of his record-breaking contract at the Emirates and the club are desperate to remove him from their wage bill, with the player’s agent, Erkut Sogut, questioning Arsenal’s reasoning for Ozil’s continued exclusion.
“It is not an easy situation,” he told Tuttomercato. “He loves the club and the fans deeply and is deeply sorry that he has not been given a chance, honestly, this season. Mesut was the player who reached 50 Premier games with assists faster than anyone else, in 141 appearances and Arsenal would need exactly this kind of creativity.
”They say he was sidelined for ‘football reasons’, but that’s not something I can comment on. I think the fans want him back on the pitch, at the last game they also chanted his name “.
Sogut revealed that he had not been informed of Ozil’s omission from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads prior to the decision being made public, branding his spell on the sidelines as a ‘waste’ given the player’s talent and creativity.
“It’s a shame that Mesut isn’t playing. Of course, everyone focuses on his salary and I also understand why. But from a personal perspective, I say it’s a waste considering his talent and creativity. I talked to him. ‘Arsenal a few days before the summer transfer campaign and I told them about Mesut’s feelings, his desire to stay and how much he loved the club. And they never told me he wouldn’t be on the list.
“They didn’t tell me. It was a surprise to all of us, something that clearly hit him hard.”
Ozil has been linked with an exit during the January transfer window with Fenerbahce and DC United speculated as potential destinations, though Sogut has once again reiterated the midfielder’s stance that he will see out the remaining months of his contract.
“Even one day is a long time in football, you never know … Of course, there are many clubs interested in catching him. This has never changed but his willingness to honour his contract and play hasn’t changed either. again. He’s a man of his word, loyal, and loyalty is hard to find in these times.”