Mesut Ozil’s current wage is seen as a ‘burden’ by ‘senior figures’ at Arsenal, according to a report from ESPN.
The German midfielder was not in Arsenal’s squad for the recent Premier League restart with Mikel Arteta insisting the decision was due to tactical reasons.
However, the report from ESPN claims that the Arsenal hierarchy want Ozil gone this summer to clear his £350,000-a-week wages from the books.
The same report, however, claims that Ozil is willing to see out the remaining year of his contract and leave Arsenal on a free transfer in 2021 when he could then navigate his next move as a free agent.
The report goes on to suggest that there is no downward pressure on Arteta not to play Ozil and that the Spaniard and the German maintain a ‘professional’ relationship which is not sour like the previous one with Unai Emery.
The German’s future at Arsenal has long been up for debate and his influence on the team’s performances has decreased in recent years.
Amid the current global health crisis, Arsenal desperately needs to cut costs, and removing Ozil’s gargantuan wages from the bill appears to be a decent starting point.
But it seems the German is ready to dig his heels in.