Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly open to the option of offloading midfielder Mesut Ozil when the transfer window reopens next month. The former Germany international has been an influential player for the Gunners over the past five years but his future has come under uncertainty this term amid his restricted gametime.
According to The Independent, Emery does not regard the German as an indispensable member of the first-team squad and he would have no objection, should the Gunners decide to cash in on the midfielder at the turn of the year.
However, the player’s £300,000-a-week wages have been highlighted as a potential stumbling block for most of the elite teams and it is suggested that the club may regard a temporary departure for the former Real Madrid man.
Ozil had started the season as one of the regulars from the starting lineup but he was nonetheless not afforded the entire 90 minutes in most games with Emery wanting more efforts in terms of the workrate.
This has since partly become the cause behind the German’s absence and it was quite evident during the midweek League Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur where the midfielder was dropped due to ‘tactical reasons’.
As such, the report from The Independent appears to go hand-in-hand with Emery’s concerns over Ozil’s intensity on the playing field and it remains to be seen whether the 30-year-old can show a shift which has barely been one of the strengths in his game.
Ozil has managed just one substitute league appearance for Arsenal since the last international break and it will be interesting to see whether he can get the nod for the forthcoming Premier League clash at Burnley.
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