Ozil’s future could be sorted in January, says Arteta


London, Jan. 7, 2021 Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil’s future at the Premier League club could be decided during the January transfer window, manager Mikel Arteta said on Thursday.

He said the German midfielder would be allowed to leave if they received a good offer.

Ozil, whose contract at Arsenal ends this season, has not played for the London club since March 2020 and was omitted from their Premier League and Europa League squads for the first half of the season.

Ozil, 32, is free to negotiate with other clubs this month and British media reported he was in talks with Turkish club Fenerbahce and American side DC United.

“We will decide what’s happening in the next few days, I don’t know what is going to happen.

“We’ll discuss internally what the best solution for him is for the near future, obviously with the player and agent too, and try to find the best solution for everyone.

“If something was sorted this month, it’s because it’s good for both parties, it’s good for Mesut and his future, and it’s good for the club.

“If that’s the case, we’ll move forward. If it’s not the case, the player will stay here,” Arteta told reporters ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup home game against Newcastle United.

“We have to make a decision. I had to make a decision (at the start of the season) and I made it. I knew the consequences of it and now we’re going to have to make another one in January,” Arteta added.

Arteta said midfielder Thomas Partey would be assessed before the game before deciding whether to risk him or save him for Crystal Palace’s league visit next week.

Defender Gabriel, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, is not showing any signs of illness but will return to training only after medical checks.

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