Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has confirmed he wants to remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The Sun recently reported that Unai Emery is trying to sell Ozil in order to raise further funds for a summer overhaul of his squad, and the World Cup winner was asked if he wants to stay.
He answered: “Absolutely. I’ve got two more years on my contract. I don’t know after that but I’ve got two years left. No [issues with Emery]. Definitely not. There’s always speculation, everyone inside knew that our situation is positive.
Asked if he was happy, he said: “Yes. Why not? It’s frustrating [not playing]. I want to play in every game. Through injury I’ve missed games but that’s football. As a footballer you always want to start games. The coach makes decisions which means you may not start but you have to keep going.”
Ozil has never really looked right for the high-tempo style of play Emery wants to play at Arsenal, but with Aaron Ramsey leaving the club, the German is now the best creative midfielder there.
It falls down to Emery to decide whether to build around Ozil and focus his overhaul on other areas of the squad or to really try and force through a move for a player who has made it plain he wants to stay but could raise significant transfer funds and space on the wage bill.
If a big bid came in, it’s hard to see Emery turning it down, though. He needs money to transform this squad and he needs players suited to his vision.