Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plotting Mesut Ozil January transfer exit but faces £13m catch

Arsenal will make another offer to Mesut Ozil in an attempt to get him off their books in January, according to reports. Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad and is set to face a similar fate when the Premier League squads are confirmed by October 20. The German has not played a single minute for the Gunners since the 1-0 win over West Ham in March.

Ozil remains the club’s highest earner on £350,000 a week despite a new contract being handed to instrumental club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last month.

Arsenal wanted rid of Ozil in the summer transfer window but clubs were put off by his extortionate wages.

The former World Cup winner is adamant he will see out the remainder of his contract, which expires at the end of this season.

But Arsenal are keen to offload him as soon as possible.

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The Mail claims the north London club failed with an attempt to come to an agreement with Ozil in the past fortnight.

However, Arsenal are set to return with another offer in hope of getting shot of the 31-year-old in the winter window.

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But Ozil is currently standing firm and wants the remaining £13million he is set to earn for the remainder of his contract.

It is a sad end to a seven-year stay for Ozil at Arsenal.

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His £42.5m arrival was greeted with jubilation from supporters but the attacking midfielder has faced constant question marks over his commitment on the pitch.

Manager Mikel Arteta, who played alongside Ozil at Arsenal for three seasons, insisted last month every player in his squad had an opportunity to prove themselves.

“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,” Arteta said.

“Whoever is here, get the best out of him and the contribution that this player can make to the team.”

However, it is increasingly likely Ozil has played his 254th and last game for the Gunners.

That is despite him offering to pay the wages for club mascot Gunnersaurs, who was made redundant earlier this week.

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