When German international Mesut Ozil arrived at Arsenal from Real Madrid, it was seen as a coup. Arsene Wenger had opened his chequebook and signed a renowned world name, with a history of playing at the very top of the sport. Now, aged 30, Ozil feels like a luxury that Arsenal cannot afford to carry any longer. After a tremendous first season, Ozil has often flattered to deceive for the Gunners – but getting rid of him is tough work.
With his enormous wages, Ozil is not affordable to many clubs who would see him as a viable option. He is a player on astronomical sums, and even a wage slice for Ozil would still make him unaffordable for the level of club he would likely thrive at. While moves to the likes of Fenerbahce – who Ozil is known to favour – has been suggested in the past, the Turkish Super Lig is in a period of transition financially and the club are unlikely to have the funds to sign Ozil.
However, it looks like Unai Emery might have to find a way to integrate him into the side in some capacity. With a loan move even unlikely to come up, and Ozil in no rush to move on, the Arsenal manager may have to get creative. However, Ozil told Sky Sports that: “No [issues with Emery]. Definitely not. There’s always speculation, everyone inside knew that our situation is positive,
“It’s frustrating [not playing]. I want to play in every game. Through injury I’ve missed games but that’s football.
“As a footballer you always want to start games. The coach makes decisions which means you may not start but you have to keep going.”
“Absolutely [I want to stay]. I’ve got two more years on my contract. I don’t know after that but I’ve got two years left.
“I’m 30 now, still got years in front of me, it’s down to the club as well of course, but I’ve got two years here – after that I don’t know what happens.”
So, it appears unlikely that the exit many Arsenal fans might have expected will come to fruition – at least not in 2019.