Mikel Arteta insists he’s willing to work as hard as possible to get the best out of divisive Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. The former Germany international has yet to feature for the north Londoners this season.
His absence from the starting XI has furthered suggestions he could leave the Emirates this summer.
According to numerous reports, Arteta has deemed Arsenal’s former record signing surplus to requirements and is willing to cash in on him should the club receive a suitable offer for his services.
Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr were said to be keen on signing the midfielder earlier in the window, reportedly offering him a contract worth a whopping £15million per year.
Arsenal are said to be desperate to get Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages off their books once and for all.
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Whoever is here, get the best out of him and the contribution that this player can make to the team
Arteta, however, is seemingly willing to give the German a chance to work his way back into the starting XI.
“With the players and the squad I have, it is my job to manage it as good as possible and take the maximum performance out of them and have a stable team, emotionally and in terms of performance as well,” said the Spaniard.
“Whoever is here, get the best out of him and the contribution that this player can make to the team.”
Despite the fierce criticism Ozil has received over the years, the former Real Madrid man has no intention of leaving the Emirates: “My position is clear.
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“I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.
“Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.”
He added: “Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal.
“I love to work there, I love the people in the club – the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time – and I love London, it’s my home.”
When pressed on reports Arsenal could buy out the remainder of his contract, he said: “I’ll decide when I go, not other people.
“I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.”
Arsenal will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, welcoming Sheffield United to the Emirates.
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