Mesut Ozil's agent fires message to Unai Emery amid exit claims

Posted Thursday, January 03, 2019 by

Mesut Ozil's agent fires message to Unai Emery amid exit claims
Arsenal transfer news: Mesut Ozil is fully focused on impressing Unai Emery (Image: GETTY)

ARSENAL star Mesut Ozil is fully focused on impressing Unai Emery, the German’s agent Dr. Erkut Sogut claims.

The playmaker has struggled to impress under Emery following the Spaniard’s arrival in the summer.

Emery dropped the 30-year-old last month, claiming Ozil wasn’t up to the physicality of the Premier League.

Ozil has also missed numerous games through injury and illness amid speculation the Arsenal star could leave in January or in the summer.

However, Ozil's agent Sogut says the German is desperate to shine under Emery this season.

“In the last year, there has been enormous upheaval for everybody at the club and the first half of this season has not been perfect for Mesut,” he told Goal.

"He has suffered from injuries and illness, and is working hard to adapt to the different system employed by head coach Unai Emery.

"This may take time, but Mesut will give everything he has to help make it work and bring success to Arsenal.”

Ozil's long-term future at the Emirates is unclear, despite the midfielder penning a £350,000-a-week contract this year.

Gunners hero Paul Merson recently urged Emery to sell Ozil, claiming the playmaker is stopping other world-class stars from heading to Arsenal.

Merson said: "Arsenal have got to get rid of Mesut Ozil. They need his wages off the books because he is giving them nothing at the moment.

"He hardly ever plays and, when he does, the manager is taking him off at half-time.

"You can’t justify paying him that much money if he isn’t starting every game and putting a shift in.

"He is also a problem because while he’s there it’s going to stop Arsenal signing any really world-class players.

"Any big-name £80-90m star is going to want to be the highest-paid player at the club, but that can’t happen with Ozil on that much money. Arsenal can’t afford it.

"Unai Emery looks like a man who’s been told to play him so they can show people what he can still do and put him in the shop window.

"But it’s just not working, and it’s the reason Aaron Ramsey wants out. He has a right to wonder why Arsenal won’t give him what he wants when they gave Ozil so much more.

"If Arsenal can do some sort of deal where they have to subsidise his wages to get rid of him, they should do it. It’s time to bite the bullet."

Ozil and Arsenal are back in action against Blackpool in the FA Cup this weekend.

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