Arsenal could part ways with German midfielder this winter

Arsenal are reportedly considering the prospect of parting ways with midfielder Mesut Ozil as early as the January transfer window. The former Germany international only penned a new Gunners deal earlier in the year but his position with the club has come under question amid the recent run of matches where he has been on the sidelines.

According to The Sun, the former Real Madrid man is no longer considered an integral part of the Gunners starting lineup under manager Unai Emery and the club could sanction his sale during the forthcoming transfer window.

It is added that Inter Milan are leading the pursuit of the experienced attacker and the Gunners could be prepared to discuss a fee of around £25m with the Nerazzurri during a forthcoming meeting.

Nonetheless, the report has given no outlook on the player’s hefty £350,000-a-week wages which would certainly prove a stumbling block for the Nerazzurri, even though a transfer sum is agreed between the clubs.

Ozil was surprisingly dropped to the bench during the Gunners’ first game after the international break against Bournemouth last month and during that period, Emery highlighted that the attacker lacked the presence attributes to tackle the Cherries.

However, the midfielder has since gone on to miss a further four matches across all competitions and a back spasm has been given as the prime reason, though Emery has admitted that he has no clue as to how the problem incurred.

Arsenal are currently just behind the fourth position in the standings on goal difference to Chelsea. They are expected to shift their attention to European football in midweek against Qarabag where Emery may offer opportunities to fringe players.

The north London side have already sealed their progress to the round of 32 of the competition with the top spot following their comfortable 4-0 win over Vorskla during the backend of November.

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