Ozil’s lacklustre season
Mesut Ozil signed a new Arsenal contract back in January of 2018, believed to be worth around £350,000-per-week.
Since putting pen to paper on that rather lucrative deal, though, Ozil has not been in great form.
The German was in and out of Arsenal’s starting eleven this past season, playing 24 of Arsenal’s 38 league games.
In those 24 league games, Ozil scored five and assisted just two, a very poor record for someone of Ozil’s ability.
Arsenal miss out on Champions League funds
Ozil’s latest lacklustre display came earlier this week as his Arsenal side were hammered 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final. Ozil was subbed off in the 78th minute.
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As well as losing out on a trophy, Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea means that they will not be playing in the Champions League next season.
This means that Arsenal will have less money to play with in the summer window. The Telegraph estimates that their transfer budget could be as low as £40 million.
One way Arsenal could free up some funds this summer is by selling some of their bigger players.
Considering Ozil’s wage, he is likely to be high on that list.
And, according to the Evening Standard, the Gunners are willing to sell Ozil in the summer window, if a suitable buyer can be found.
However, the report from the ES does also state that Arsenal are not actively trying to force Ozil out of the club.
Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut spoke about his client’s future earlier this year, and he seems pretty happy to stay in North London:
“He’ll be staying at Arsenal until at least 2021. And the fans need not to worry about the gossip that may come this summer. He has found a place he feels welcome and believes he has a lot more to give.” As quoted by the Independent.