Recent reports have suggested that Mesut Özil has rejected a new contract at Arsenal and has asked to leave the club, potentially resulting in an Emirates exit for the German this summer, as per Marca (via the Metro).
The Metro even go as far as to say: “Özil demands to leave”. Claiming that he’s as good as out the door at the end of the season.
This seems more than likely to be absolute rubbish though, and we see no reason to believe the World Cup winner will be on his way out of Arsenal this summer.
Firstly, despite Arsene Wenger apparently wanting to tie Özil down with a contract extension – simultaneously rewarding him for his excellent form – the former Real Madrid star still has two and a half years left to run on his current deal (via The Guardian). We have no reason to let him go early, and unless we were offered a ridiculous amount of money this summer, why would we possibly let him leave?
Secondly, Marca claim Barcelona are leading the race for his signature, but is that really possible? The Catalan giants are struggling financially at the moment, and we obviously wouldn’t be selling Özil on the cheap. They also have plenty of creative talent, and would surely be unable to accommodate Özil without a bit of an overhaul. Not to mention they’ve only recently finalised the deal for Arda Turan, who has barely even played for his new side yet.
And finally, where would Marca have got this information? Marca are notoriously a Real Madrid-centric Spanish paper, and Özil really has nothing to do with them anymore.
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After making the creative playmaker our record signing in 2013, it seems highly unlikely that Wenger would even contemplating letting him go. He’s passed up the chance to sign other players in order to build the team around Özil, so clearly he has a vision in mind. There doesn’t seem to be too much of a reason to panic just yet Gooners, Özil doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere.