Mesut Ozil to demand £13m from Arsenal to rip up £350k-per-week deal


Mesut Ozil won’t be leaving the club quietly before the end of the campaign. The midfielder is nowhere near the plans of Mikel Arteta and was even left out of the Europa League squad earlier this week.

The German star refused to take a pay cut on his wages of around £350,000-a-week this year after the pause in the Premier League campaign, and could have even annoyed the club by offering to pay the wages of the sacked Gunnersaurus

According to The Sun, the London club are set to re-open talks about paying Ozil to leave early.

The report claims that Arsenal chiefs want the former Real Madrid midfielder gone in the January window, but also reveals that he won’t be leaving unless his wages are paid out in full.

Those nine months equate to £13m, which is set to be earned with little or no return on the pitch even if he stands firm and stays until the end of the campaign.

Technical director Edu has also revealed that Ozil was informed that he would be left out of the Europa League team before it became public this week.

He said: “We needed to manage the number of foreign players in the squad because we are only allowed to have 17 on our list. I talked to Mikel about the players who were probably going to be left out and we discussed how to treat that challenging situation.

“The way we did it was to sit down with the players concerned and to be open with them and I also spoke to their agents.

“The only way to do that was face-to-face and to clearly explain why Mikel has made that decision. And I think we did it quite well.”

Before adding of his squad size after the recent transfer window: “The market was really strange and it was difficult to manage well because nobody was 100 percent comfortable to do the deals.

“Organising the loan deals was quite difficult and trying to swap players was even more difficult.”


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