Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is set to stay at the Emirates for the remainder of the season, according to reports. Ozil is out of contract at the end of this campaign and the Gunners are keen to offload him before tonight’s transfer deadline. The former Germany international is the club’s highest earner on £350,000 per week.
However, ESPN say Ozil is set to dig his heels in and see out the remaining eight months in his contract.
The report claims Arsenal would need a “miracle” to see Ozil leave the club before the 11pm deadline.
Ozil has not played for the Gunners since the 1-0 Premier League win over West Ham in March.
The 31-year-old has not been included in any of Mikel Arteta’s match day squads this season.
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Arsenal are keen to add to their midfield resources before the end of the window.
A deal for Lyon star Houssem Aouar looks to be dead but the Gunners have reportedly made a late move for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.
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Partey has a release clause in his contract of £45million.
Arsenal boss Arteta was asked about the potential of new signings following Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United.
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But the Spaniard was confident the club were trying their best to get deals over the line.
“Well I am confident we know exactly what we want to do, we are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want, whether that is sending someone on loan or bringing someone in,” Arteta said.
“We have a complete connection and cohesion between Edu and myself, the board and the ownership, so let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.
“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short in.
“First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to complement each other and this is what we are trying to do.
“I think that I always try to be really honest and clear.
“Believe me that the ownership, the board, myself, are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and to sustain and keep the players that are in this club to make this club successful.
“I have 100 per cent backing from them. It’s not just words, it’s reality.
“Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say it but I say it because I feel it and it’s true.”
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