Emery Tells Ozil To Leave Arsenal

It’s the news we’ve all probably been expecting, but it doesn’t make it any easier to hear. Mesut Ozil has been told it would be best for him to leave Arsenal, by manager Unai Emery.

Rumours have been circulating about the German playmaker’s future at the club for weeks now and only heightened this past week when he was dropped from the match day squad for the 1-0 defeat at West Ham, despite apparently being fully match fit.

Emery said during a press conference earlier this week that he selected the 18 players he felt deserved a place in the squad, suggesting that the former Real Madrid man was not worthy of selection, despite the Gunners complete lack of a cutting edge against the Hammers at the London Stadium.

And now, news is breaking that Emery has told Ozil it would be best if he departed the Emirates stadium, only 12 months after signing a record breaking new contract, which saw the World Cup winner become the Gunners’ highest ever earner, pocketing a reported £350,000-per-week.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live last night, the ever reliable David Ornstein reported the news.

“They’re not just rumours. Unai Emery has suggested to Mesut Ozil that it would be best for him to leave the club. And the hierarchy of the club feels that they would like him to move on.

“I think that’s mainly financially driven for a player earning £350,000 per week but also related to that is the fact he is not performing anywhere near the level when he has played on a consistent basis as we know he can produce from the past.”

However, while Emery no longer wants Ozil at the club, Ozil is unwilling to seek a move elsewhere, meaning a move away is likely off the cards this month.

“He has no desire to leave, Mesut Ozil, so he won’t be leaving in the January transfer window. I’m told he’s working extremely hard to get himself fit. Reports coming out of London Colney is that he’s now doing extra gym work and he has a positive demeanour. He’s determined to work his way back into the side.

“The word was he wasn’t doing a lot of the extra work most players were, and he is now. I’ve heard positive things about his behaviour, his commitment, his relationships with the teammates.

“I don’t think that’s ever been a problem, but he’s clearly out of favour with the manager and that’s a very expensive problem for the club to have.”

So that means the club’s top earner and most creative player could be sat on the sidelines, at odds with the manager, for the next six months while the club struggle to raise finances to fund any permanent new signings. Perfect.

(h/t arseblog)