One of the longest and most controversial transfer sagas in Arsenal’s history could be set to come to a head this January.
Mesut Ozil has just six months left on his contract with the Gunners and has been linked with a move away after being left out of the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads.
The player has offers from Turkey and the MLS, with Fenerbahce and DC United leading the way.
Arsenal’s stance on the matter has been relatively clear throughout and Mikel Arteta reiterated it in a recent press conference.
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“If something is sorted this month it’s because it’s good for both parties,” he said. “It’s because it’s good for Mesut and his future, and it’s because it’s good for the club.
“If that’s the case we will move forward. If it’s not the case then the player will continue here.”
The Gunners boss went to add in a later conference that the club technical director Edu is working to ensure a deal can go ahead.
“Edu and the club are having some conversations about the near future and the long-term future,” he said. “And when we know something we will announce it.”
Ozil has been absent from Arsenal training for the past few days after he was given special dispensation to travel to Germany to be alongside his family.
As a result it has been confirmed by his agent that he is now in quarantine due to the travel restrictions imposed by the UK government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s correct,” Dr. Erkut Sogut told BeIN Sport when asked if Ozil was in quarantine. “Because he was in Germany to be beside his family before he is having to quarantine in London at the moment.
“Either today or tomorrow that will finish, I’m not totally sure. From Thursday it’s been five days. His quarantine is near to finishing basically. Either today or tomorrow it will finish.
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