Arsenal outline transfer plans to contradict Mikel Arteta’s Mesut Ozil claim
Mesut Ozil's situation at Arsenal is baffling to say the least.
When the German midfielder arrived at the Emirates in a £42.5million move from Real Madrid seven years ago, he was widely regarded as one of the biggest stars in world football.
And it's fair to say that the playmaker lived up to his reputation in his early days in north London, delivering performances that kept fans on the edge of their seats.
Gunners chiefs duly rewarded Ozil with a mammoth £350,000-a-week contract in 2018 but he's gone from No.1 superstar to forgotten man.
Ozil's playing time was beginning to fade under Unai Emery and, with Mikel Arteta now in charge, the midfielder looks certain to leave the leave the club.
Arteta left him out of his 25-man Premier League squad – but, with Arsenal enduring a miserable start to the season, the manager recently hinted that Ozil could be brought back from exile.
Speaking this month, Arteta said: "He's not in the squad right now. I'm focusing just on the players we have here.
"But, whatever happens in January, we have some time to decide."
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal chiefs remain fully supportive of Arteta and will give him transfer funds to bolster his ranks next month.
It is claimed that Arsenal will prioritise signing a creative midfielder, which raises further doubts over Ozil's future and contradicts Arteta's recent claims.
One thing's for sure though, Arsenal need some creativity in their team.
The Gunners sit 15th, after collecting two points from an available 21, and their concerning form has led to fears over relegation.
A lack of firepower has been obvious in recent weeks – they are averaging 0.86 goals per game – and after a 2-1 loss at Everton, Alan Shearer said he "wouldn't be too sure" about Arsenal's survival prospects.
It is too early to discuss an unlikely relegation battle but the north London club need to turn around their fortunes quickly.
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