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Arsenal make contract decision on Mesut Ozil based on talks with three players

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Arsenal are not going to give Mesut Ozil a new contract and are ready to let him leave the club for free despite his £350,000 a week wages - due to prioritising talks with three other players.. Ozil’s future at the club remains unclear despite his apparent desire to stay put.

He was exiled by Unai Emery but has impressed under Mikel Arteta’s guidance.

But despite coming towards the final 12 months of his current deal the club are not planning on offering him new terms, according to the Sun.

Ozil is the club’s biggest earner on £350,000 a week and his wages are giving the club problems negotiating deals with other star men.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 and the club are keen to tie him down.

But he wants big money and the club are being cautious due to their already huge wage bill and the chances of missing out on the Champions League.

Alexandre Lacazette is out of contract in 2022 and both strikers have been linked with moves away with contract talks stalling.

But the club appear to have made up their mind on Oil and are ready to let him depart for nothing next summer.

Ozil joined from Real Madrid in a £42m deal in 2013, but has failed to live up to expectations.

And now the club are prioritising deals for three players: Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson.

Ozil’s agent says he is happy at the club and is not thinking about moving.

Erkut Sogut said: “Mesut is really happy where he is at Arsenal, he still has another year of his contract to go and there is no change.”

So the club are likely to have pay part of his wages if they want rid this summer, or keep him for another 12 months and see him depart for nothing.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith told Sky Sports he thinks Ozil will leave the club as a frustration rather than someone who fulfilled his potential.

"It's difficult to say if he'll look back and say he's given himself the best chance of being a success,” he said.

“I don't know him as a lad. I don't know what he's like in training but I would imagine he's pretty similar to what he's like on a matchday.

"But look at his record, and he's been Germany's footballer of the year [five] times and he's a World Cup winner. He'll be thinking, 'what I'm doing has reaped dividends. I've been successful'.

"I'm trying to play devil's advocate here, but there are times when you're immensely frustrated by him.

"I don't think his Arsenal career would be classed as a success. They're not going to win the league any time soon with him in the side. He'll be regarded as one of those immensely talented players and Arsenal fans certainly can see how talented he is.

"His team-mates can recognise that as they would see that every day, but even they will be frustrated."

While Graeme Souness thinks he has failed to deliver.

"The way I see him, we should not even be having a conversation about him. He's so talented, and we should be talking about him as one of the greatest players to come to the Premier League, but I don't think I'm alone in feeling there's so much more from him,” Souness said.

"I think he'll look back and think he could've done more. I'll go back to when I was a young player under Bill Nicholson. I was 15 years old and it stayed with me throughout my career. He was talking about what midfield players do.

"He said, 'watch Ray Bunkell'. He played for Spurs reserves as a midfielder. He said, 'watch him when we lose the ball'. He said that he sprints back quicker than when he sprints forward. That stuck with me forever as a midfielder.

"I know Ozil is a No 10, but when he loses the ball, there's a general disinterest to do the hard yards. He's not alone in that, and maybe he's given carte blanche to be like that but if you're out there and you give the ball away yourself, the first reaction has to be to sprint back, get goal-side and be part of the team that wins the ball back."




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