Mesut Ozil is refusing to leave Arsenal just to help the club lower their wage bill, according to reports.
Arsenal moved heaven and earth to keep Ozil at the club last season, smashing through their wage structure to make him the highest paid player in the clubs history where he now earns a whopping £350,000-a-week.
The German was always one of the first names on the teamsheet under Arsene Wenger, although he is clearly not in Unai Emery’s plans having started just 13 Premier League games this season.
However, the majority of those games came early on in the campaign, and he has now started just one of Arsenal’s last 10 games in all competitions and was left out of the matchday squads for the recent games against Bournemouth and BATE Borisov due to another apparent ‘illness’.
Reports have claimed that Emery has told Ozil that he is free to leave the club, although according to The Sun, the former World Cup winner is planning on digging his heels in, and has no intention of leaving the club just help ease the clubs wage budget.
The report claims that while he would be prepared to leave the Emirates, he would only do so if he could move to ‘a major European club’ and that he has no interest in a move to China.
Arsenal were hamstrung in the recent transfer window due to their financial struggles, which meant that they were only able to compete in the loan market, while more recent speculation has suggested that the Gunners may only have £40 million to spend next summer.
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