Arsenal set to sell Ozil in January



Arsenal look set to offload play-maker Mesut Ozil in January, according to reports in The Mirror.


The Germany international’s contract expires in June 2018, with the Gunners keen to cash in on the player instead of allowing him to leave on a free next summer.



So far only Inter Milan have expressed an interest publicly, so Arsenal are currently seeking out other clubs to create a bidding war.


Ozil arrived at The Emirates in September 2013 for a then club-record fee of £42.5 million from Real Madrid, with the German coming to England with a reputation as one of the world’s best creative midfielders.


Although, there have been plenty of flashes of brilliance, his perceived lack of work-rate and desire has consistently drawn criticism from Gunners fans.



Arsenal’s mini-revival, after their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in August, actually came with Ozil out of the side due to injury.


He came on at the hour-mark of the Gunners 2-1 defeat away to Watford at Vicarage Road this weekend. However, Ozil’s only noticeable contribution was to miss a one-on-one chance with his side winning 1-0; further intensifying suggestions by fans, ex-players and pundits that the North London side are a better team without their number 10 in it.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always been a staunch supporter of Ozil’s, but he now seems intent on cutting his losses on the talented play-maker and extracting as large a fee as possible in the upcoming transfer window instead of allowing the player to leave on a free next summer.


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