Mesut Ozil addresses his future at Arsenal amid exit talks
Mesut Ozil addresses his future at Arsenal amid exit talks
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Mesut Ozil addresses his future at Arsenal amid exit talks

With Mesut Ozil linked to an exit from Arsenal, the midfielder has insisted that he will see out his current deal with the club.

Ozil has largely been marginalized by Unai Emery who has reduced him to just a single start in the league this season. Emery was keen on letting Ozil leave last January but Arsenal could not find a buyer for the 30-year-old, who signed a new four-year deal worth £350,000-a-week in 2018.

In an interview with the Atheltic, Ozil was asked whether he would be leaving Arsenal, "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.'"

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