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Arsenal make a decision on Mesut Ozil transfer and his Replacement

The German has linked with a move away from Emirates recently.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be hoping to address the defensive issue of the team in the ongoing transfer window. The Spaniard has received a low budget of 40 million as he looks to reshape the back four and sign a winger. However, Unai Emery can have more funds for the transfer if few of the players are sold.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery showed a reluctance to play Ozil in his starting XI throughout last season.

The German’s lethargic attitude towards defending didn’t fit into Emery’s philosophy and he was a peripheral figure for much of the campaign.

Arsenal are loathed to fork out £350,000-a-week on an individual who, currently, is little more than a squad player.

The Gunners have placed a £30m price tag on the 30-year-old, but even that is not low enough to attract potential suitors.

Ozil was the subject of interest from Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas but none of the clubs can afford to pay the asking price.

Arsenal forked out £42.5m to sign Ozil from Real Madrid back in 2013, but having seen his performances decline in recent years are now prepared to accept considerably less.

Ozil’s £18m-a-year wages are also proving a stumbling block in negotiations, especially given the playmaker is content to see out the remaining two years of his contract in north London.

The club are in need of a major overhaul but lack the funds to do so and Emery is having to reshape his squad on the cheap.

That is why Ozil’s departure cannot come soon enough, with Emery looking to make the most of the summer transfer window despite Arsenal potentially being hit by a pre-tax loss of more than £50m.

The lack of income from player sales is also beginning to hurt the club – Wenger, albeit unwillingly, saw the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud leave for over £100m before he left.

Emery, in contrast, raised just £7m in player departures last season and has let Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck leave for free in recent weeks.

Author’s Take:

Mesut Ozil doesn’t look likely to leave Arsenal. The German’s wages have repelled other clubs to have an interest in him. Instead, Unai Enemy can promote youngsters like Joe Willock and use Ozil seldom for next season.


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