Ozil proposes eye-catching Arsenal plan to boost January exit hopes

Date published: Sunday 10th January 2021 11:40

Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta

Mesut Ozil has offered Arsenal a way to pay significantly less of his remaining wages in order to help him secure a January exit, a report has claimed.

From being a firm favourite at the Emirates, the 32-year-old is now surplus to requirements. He was not included in either the Premier League or Europa League squads for 2020-2021.

Consequently the former Germany international has not kicked a ball for the north Londoners this term.

The former Real Madrid ace has been linked with an exit this month. Turkish club Fenerbahce and MLS franchise DC United are thought to head the queue for his signature.

Under his current terms, the Gunners would owe the rest of his £350,000-a-week deal which still has six months left. But The Sun on Sunday have suggested that he would be happy with a compromise to facilitate an exit before the window closes.

That would mean Arsenal continuing his weekly payments after he leaves but forking out a reduced £68,000 per week. They would pay him until the summer of 2023, meaning a saving of £1.2m per month on his salary.

It is not known whether the Emirates paymasters would entertain such an idea. However, with the purse strings currently tightened by the pandemic, it might suit all parties concerned.

Fenerbahce are thought to be his preferred destination but there is much work to do on any deal. Failing that, it could be that the midfielder become the latest player over the age of 30 to head stateside.

Exit seems inevitable

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It will be a sad day for Arsenal supporters to see Ozil leave after what he has contributed. But the current impasse cannot continue and is not healthy for either the player or club.

Having joined in September 2013, there was a time when his silky skills tore apart opposition defences. While sometimes berated for his work rate off the ball, there was no questioning his ability going forward.

More of a provider than goalscorer, he still found the net 44 times in all competitions.

He retired from international football in 2018 with 92 caps to his name but still has a few years left domestically. It will not be under Mikel Arteta, however, who will doubtless be pleased to see an end to the saga.



The Spanish manager’s position has been under threat due to a woeful run of results. However, a recent upturn in fortunes has helped.

Ozil leaving this month would be a bonus and his decision to drop wage demands only helps his Arsenal legacy.

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