Unai Emery is ‘not thinking’ about whether Mesut Ozil will leave the club this January.
The German playmaker hasn’t featured for the Gunners since Boxing Day and was omitted from the 1-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend with Emery citing ‘tactical’ reasons for his decision not to select him.
There has been plenty of speculation over the 30-year-old’s future in recent weeks due to Emery’s continuity in not playing him and reports have linked the German with a move away from the Emirates as a result.
Emery is reportedly keen to move Ozil on in order to generate some transfer funds and to also loosen the club’s wage bill with the former Real Madrid star pocketing a massive £350,000-a-week.
The likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, AC Milan and even clubs in Turkey have all been linked with a move for the German this month, but it’s thought his wages would pose a huge problem in a deal materialising anytime soon.
However, when asked about the possibility of Ozil leaving Arsenal this month, Emery said:
“I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about how he can help us this year with good performances.
“He’s had injuries and not been okay to play matches, but now after these two weeks maybe this Saturday will be okay for him.”
Ozil’s agent has previously stated that the creative midfielder is happy at the Emirates despite his lack of appearances this season under Emery.
Arsenal take on Chelsea tomorrow afternoon and it remains to be seen whether Emery will select Ozil in his starting XI or even be included in the matchday squad.