Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil insists he is ‘going nowhere’ despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club.
The German has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in the January transfer window, having started just one of Arsenal‘s opening eight Premier League fixtures having fallen out-of-favour under manager Unai Emery this season.
The summer arrival of Dani Ceballos has further marginalised Ozil from the first-team picture, however, despite his struggles this season the 30-year-old insists he remains happy with life in North London and intends to see out the remaining two years of his contract at the club.
“No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then,” Ozil said in an interview with The Athletic.
– Most chances created since joining Arsenal
– Won 3 Fa Cups
– Over 80 goals & 200 assists in his professional football
– FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee, thrice
– 5 times German player of the year
Whatever happens in the future, Ozil will be one of the best to ever play for Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/YHooG0G6dt
— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) October 15, 2019
“When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career. I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.
“You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.
“I said that Arsene Wenger was a big factor in me joining Arsenal — and he was — but ultimately I signed for the club. Even when Arsene announced he was leaving, I wanted to stay because I love playing for Arsenal and that’s why I’ve been here for six years.
“When I moved from Real Madrid, it was a really tough time for Arsenal. But I always believed in what we could do and together we delivered.
“More recently things have been difficult and a lot has changed. But I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here. Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere.”