Mikel Arteta is keen for Mesut Ozil’s future to be resolved ‘one way or another’ as speculation continues to surround a potential exit for the Arsenal midfielder.
Ozil has not featured for the north London side since March and was left out of the Gunners’ squads for the Premier League and Europa League this season, the German having not formed part of Arteta’s plans at the Emirates.
The 32-year-old has now entered the final months of his record-breaking contract with the club and has long insisted he will see out the remainder of his deal, though speculation has linked the playmaker with moves to Fenerbahce and MLS side DC United during the January transfer window.
Arsenal are keen to secure an exit and remove the midfielder’s £350,000-a-week wages from their wage bill, with Arteta admitting he is keen for Ozil’s situation to be resolved ‘one way or another’.
“Everyone at the club is having conversations about the near future and the long term future, and when we know something we will announce it,” Arteta told a press conference.
Asked if he was keen for the situation to come to an end, Arteta said:
“No, just so we can resolve the situation one way or another.
“It’s always good to know what we are going to do and what is going to happen. I knew that when we made that decision the consequences that we could have.
“We still have to find the right solution for the player and the club. We have to try and do that and see where we get too.”