Mesut Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut has told Goal that the Arsenal playmaker could leave the club this summer but has also made it clear that Ozil is happy at the Emirates – amid reports linking Ozil with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The 31-year-old star has struggled this season in Arsenal’s colours and although a slight return to form under Mikel Arteta, he is falling way short of the quality expected of a player that is earning an enormous £350,000 a week (Spotrac).
Ozil has had a hand in just four goals during his 23 outings, scoring once in a 4-0 win over Newcastle while laying on three assists. His contract at Arsenal is due to expire in the summer of 2021, and Sogut has stated in the past he could leave then.
Asked about his future now, with the current Covid-19 pandemic preventing football from getting underway, Sogut stated that anything could happen but believes Ozil is happy at Arsenal – though Fenerbahce are being linked (Goal).
“You never know in football. First of all, you can never predict the movement of players,” Sogut said.“I have said it before and I am saying it again that he [Ozil] is really happy where he is at Arsenal. He is still has a contract to go and there is no change.
“We will see what the future holds when the contract ends but for now, there is nothing I can say.”
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal offload Ozil?
Despite his resurgence under Arteta, it is time for Arsenal to offload the experienced German star. Still just as passionate and aggressive, unfortunately for Ozil, he simply is not matching his current wage.
Unless he agrees to at least half his pay, Arsenal need to get him off the wage bill – which would give the Gunners much more manoeuvrability in the upcoming window financially. Whether clubs can convince Ozil to take a pay cut, remains to be seen.