Mikel Arteta is ‘resigned’ to Mesut Ozil remaining at Arsenal beyond the summer, with the playmaker hoping to feature for the club’s Premier League opener at Fulham after returning to the side in pre-season.
Ozil enjoyed a run in the side following Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates last December, but failed to make a single first-team appearance after the Premier League‘s restart and seemingly looked set for a summer exit.
The 31-year-old has repeatedly spoken of his desire to remain with the Gunners despite his increasing peripheral status, the playmaker having one year remaining on his current club-record contract worth a reported £350,000-a-week.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 5, 2020
Arteta had hoped to offload the midfielder and free up significant room in the club’s wage bill as his rebuild of the club continues, but interest in the German has not been forthcoming given his sizeable salary and lack of interest in leaving Arsenal.
According to the Evening Standard, Arteta is now ‘resigned’ to the player being part of his squad this season and afforded the playmaker valuable minutes during the club’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, with Ozil now hoping to be involved ahead of the Premier League’s big kick-off this weekend.
The FA Cup winners travel to face newly-promoted Fulham in the opening fixture of the Premier League campaign, as the club look to bounce back from their lowest league finish in 25 years last season.