Mesut Ozil sends clear message to Arsenal about his future
Mesut Ozil insists that he has no intention of quitting Arsenal any time soon
Mesut Ozil has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal next year.
The German playmaker has barely featured for Arsenal this season after having fallen out of favour under Unai Emery at The Emirates.
Indeed, the 31-year-old has only played 71 minutes in the Premier League this season for the Gunners and has only made one appearances in the top flight so far.
Ozil has struggled with form and fitness issues in recent months but his lack of playing time has inevitably led to speculation that he will be leaving The Emirates next year.
However, the player himself has now underlined his intention to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place in the first team under Emery.
Asked if he will be leaving Arsenal, Ozil told The Athletic: “No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.
“When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career.
“I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.
“You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.
“I said that Arsene Wenger was a big factor in me joining Arsenal — and he was — but ultimately I signed for the club.
“Even when Arsene announced he was leaving, I wanted to stay because I love playing for Arsenal and that’s why I’ve been here for six years.
“When I moved from Real Madrid , it was a really tough time for Arsenal. But I always believed in what we could do and together we delivered.
“More recently things have been difficult and a lot has changed. But I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here.
“Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere.”
Ozil will be hoping to be involved when Arsenal return to Premier League action on Monday night with a trip to Sheffield United in the top flight.
The Gunners currently find themselves in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and break back into the top four this term.
Arsenal have not won the Premier League since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign.