Arsenal rejected a January offer for Mesut Ozil that both the German and Mikel Arteta would have been open to accepting, according to a report from the Daily Mirror.
Ozil’s future with the Gunners has been a talking point for some time. But with the January window now closed, the 31-year-old looks set to stay at the Emirates until the summer at least.
However, it appears that Arsenal did have an opportunity to offload the playmaker late on in the month. And it is suggested that Arteta would have been ready to accept the offer in other circumstances.
The Daily Mirror reports that a bid came in from Qatar for Ozil. But, while Ozil and Arteta were interested, it was felt that it came too late for Arsenal to replace the midfielder.
In fact, the Mirror suggests that Arteta would have probably accepted the offer had it come earlier and left him with an opportunity to sign one of his targets.
The Mirror reports that he was interested in both Dani Olmo and Yannick Carrasco. Both men did complete January moves, but neither headed to North London.
TBR View – Did Arsenal make mistake?
Some Arsenal fans would have definitely been scratching their heads had the Gunners sold Ozil without signing a replacement last month.
However, perhaps it would be fair to argue that the club may have made an error.
Ozil has just under 18 months left on his £350,000-a-week contract (via Telegraph). And it is hardly a hot take to suggest that that is an incredible outlay for a player who is yet to score or provide a league assist since Arteta was appointed.
Moving him on last month could have been best for Arsenal in the long-term. Even if they still had to pay some of his wages until 2021, his departure should have provided a significant financial boost.
That boost may have come too late for January.
But it could have been useful in the summer when Arteta may find it easier to make big changes.