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Arsenal’s Arteta gives condition for Ozil’s departure


Mezut Ozil

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has opened up on the conditioned for the departure of estranged midfielder, Mesut Ozil from the club.

Recall that Ozil who earns £350,000/per week reportedly agreed to a deal with Turkish side, Fernabache as talks continue with other clubs including MLS side, DC United.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round match against Newcastle on Saturday, Arteta said: “If something is sorted this month [in the January transfer window], it’s because it’s good for both parties.

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“Good for Mesut and his future, and good for the club. If that’s the case, we will move forward. If that’s not the case, the player will continue here.”

Pressed further on the issue, Arteta added: “A lot of decisions have to be made on players all the time.

“To play them or not play them. We know that we have a very important player, a key player in the past few seasons for this football club.

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“I had to make a decision [to drop him from the squad], and I made it. I knew the consequences of it. Now we are going to have to make another one in January.

“We must balance what is the best option for the team, the club and what the intentions of the player is, we must try and find a solution to that.”

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The 32-year-old whose contract expires at the end of the season was exiled from Arteta’s squad from the start of the new season and his agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has said that “in the next seven to 10 days it will be a little clearer.”

-Sky Sports