Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Mesut Ozil is free to negotiate with other clubs.
In a press conference, Arteta faced questions from the media asking him whether the German star could leave the club.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. Obviously now he’s free to negotiate with other clubs. We will discuss internally what the best situation for him is for the near future, obviously with the player and the agent too, and try to find the best solution for everyone,” says the Spanish mentor.
“I think every player wants to play football. This is why we picked this profession and we are so lucky to be doing what we do. For every player that’s not playing, it’s always hard.
“He has been training with us, but he had some days (off) because we decided to give him some days for something personal, but he has been training with us all the time.”
When asked about young players taking Ozil’s place in the club, Arteta said that: “We need every player that is involved in our squad. The fact that the youngsters are involved in the squad means that they have the level to compete with any player in that squad. The young players have moments through the season. It’s really difficult for them to be constantly at the level for 10 months, but sometimes players develop, players have moments and you have to take those moments. If that means that they’re pushing somebody else, I think it’s really healthy competition for the team. The team always gets better when something like that happens so I think it’s really positive news.”
The 38-year-old manager did not hide the fact that they are aware of the attacking midfielder talking to other clubs.
“We are aware of all the conversations we have had internal (discussions) with Mesut and his agent, and this communication keeps going and of course he is free to talk to any club and he is entitled to do this,” he adds.
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By Mauwane Raophala