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Mikel Arteta to wait until end of January window to make Mesut Ozil call

Mesut Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 season, has not played for Arsenal since March and wasn't included in the Premier League and the UEFA Europa League squads this season.

By: Reuters |
January 2, 2021 4:04:37 pm
Mesut Ozil is one of the highest-paid players at Arsenal. (File)

Arsenal will assess the future of German playmaker Mesut Ozil at the end of the January transfer window, manager Mikel Arteta has said.

Ozil has not played for Arsenal since March and was not named in the squad lists for the first half of the Premier League season and the Europa League. The German, who is one of the highest-paid players at the club, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

But Arsenal are looking to offload a number of players on loan in January to trim the squad, raising the possibility that Ozil could be registered for the second half of the season.

When asked about a potential return for the 32-year-old German, Arteta told reporters: “We will see what happens in the transfer window and we will assess that at the end.”

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Arteta also said the club would not look to cut short the contracts of players that are not in his plans.

“You have to respect the players’ contracts,” he added. “What you can do is just try to be open with them, tell them your intentions, the role that they have in the team and why that is.

“They are entitled to make the decision in their lives because they have a contract here. Some would like to move because they are not playing and some would like to stay. That’s something we cannot decide by ourselves.”

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Arsenal, who are 13th in the table on 20 points, visit struggling West Bromwich Albion later on Saturday.

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First published on: 02-01-2021 at 04:04:37 pm

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