Mesut Ozil: I’m staying put at Arsenal


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Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - March 2, 2019 Arsenal's Mesut Ozil with manager Unai Emery as he prepares to come on REUTERS/David Klein

In Summary

  • Ozil has only featured in two of Arsenal's 11 games this season under head coach Unai Emery, and admits "watching from home" has made him "feel helpless"
  • But the attacking midfielder has told The Athletic he is going nowhere, saying: "I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then

Mesut Ozil says he will be staying at Arsenal until the conclusion of his contract in the summer of 2021.

Ozil has only featured in two of Arsenal’s 11 games this season under head coach Unai Emery, and admits “watching from home” has made him “feel helpless”.

But the attacking midfielder has told The Athletic he is going nowhere, saying: “I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.

“When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career. I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.

“You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.”

Ozil has come under-fire among Arsenal fans for his absence on matchdays through illness, but has rejected suggestions he uses his health as an excuse.

“I also get really frustrated when I miss a game through illness and people question if it is genuine. Yes, it happened a few times – usually in the winter – but what am I supposed to do?

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