Mikel Arteta hopes Arsenal learn from Mesut Ozil saga
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Mikel Arteta hopes Arsenal learn from Mesut Ozil saga

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits the club needs to learn from Mesut Ozil's saga and avoid getting where they have to pay their unwanted players to leave. 

Ozil's contract was terminated on mutual consent with the club agreeing to pay up the majority of the six months remaining. The midfielder was the highest-paid player in the history of the club and Arteta is hoping the new-look executive team can prevent paying up contracts to release players. 

The 32-year-old is set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce after he was released by Arsenal alongside defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

"You don't want to get into this position again, that's for sure," Arteta replied when asked if lessons had now been learned. 

"Not for the player, not for the club - but it's happening more and more at every club and this situation you can see in other clubs things happening like that."

"I think you have to have that communication open, obviously to prevent it as much as possible and if they happen, just make a decision and don't try to delay a situation that is not working for much longer."

The Gunners lost midfielder Aaron Ramsey who ended up joining Juventus in 2019 on a free transfer while Alexis Sanchez signed for Manchester United in a swap deal as his contract was running down a year earlier.

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