Under-fire Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta stunned supporters by leaving Ozil out of both his Premier League and Europa League squads for the 2020/21 campaign and the 32-year-old looks certain to have played his final match for the club.
Technical director Edu has suggested the Gunners are working on a potential financial settlement to bring an early end to the German’s time at the Emirates ahead of the January transfer window.
However, Ozil is hoping to stay put until the end of the season with his representative, Erkut Sogut, stressing that the World Cup-winning playmaker is committed to his current deal.
Asked whether Ozil could be on the move in January, Sogut told TMW: ‘Even one day is a long time in football, you never know.
‘Of course, there are many clubs interested in him.
‘This has never changed but his willingness to honour his contract and play hasn’t changed either
Again, he’s a man of his word, loyal, and loyalty is hard to find in these times.’
Sogut added: ‘It is not an easy situation. He loves the club and the fans are deeply and is deeply sorry that he has not been given a chance this season.
‘Mesut was the player who reached 50 Premier League assists, faster than anyone else, in 141 appearances and Arsenal need exactly this kind of creativity.
‘They say he was sidelined for “football reasons” but that’s not something I can comment on. I think the fans want him back on the pitch and at the last match they also chanted his name.’
Sogut claimed he was never informed about the fact Ozil would be omitted from Arsenal’s squads, a decision which came as a huge ‘surprise’ and hit the ex-Germany international hard.
‘It’s a shame that Mesut isn’t playing,’ he added.
‘Of course, everyone focuses on his salary and I also understand why.
‘But from a personal perspective, I say it’s a waste considering his talent and creativity.
‘I talked to Arsenal a few days before the summer transfer window and I told them about Mesut’s feelings, his desire to stay and how much he loved the club. And they never told me he wouldn’t be in the squad.’
‘It was a surprise to all of us, something that clearly hit him hard.’
‘Maybe one day, why not? Serie A is a great league and I’m sure these teams could benefit from Mesut Ozil’s skills.
‘He’s a pure No.10 and many Italian clubs play with a player in that role.
‘However, I repeat: he is totally concentrating on his training with the club and at home, on charity and his business off the pitch.
‘He is not thinking of other clubs except to the one with which he is now under contract.’