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Arsenal playmaker Ozil says he ‘won’t run away’ from club

Gunners’ World Cup winner responds to critics

18 October, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Mesut Ozil has only featured in two of the club’s 11 games this term 

UNAI Emery has backed Mesut Ozil to win back his place in the Arsenal team, insisting the club will need his “big skills and quality”.

In a drawn out saga to rival Brexit, Ozil’s career in north London went from a new club record £350,000-a-week deal one minute, to looking dead in the water the next.

His preparations for the new season were halted when he and teammate Sead Kolasinac were the victims of an attempted carjacking.

Since then the German playmaker has only featured in two of the club’s 11 games this term under Emery, who has gone on record saying that other players “deserve” their place ahead of him.

But all the negativity surrounding the situation suddenly changed yesterday (Thursday) when Ozil insisted that he wasn’t going to “run away” from the club, declaring: “I’m here until at least 2021.”

Emery said the World Cup winner would help the Gunners achieve their goals, adding: “With Mesut this year started difficulty for him. He worked well in pre-season and was playing matches in pre-season but the problem that happened with Sead stopped that.

“After that problem he was sick for a week and then he lost out on a lot of training to continue working on keeping his fitness. but really the last two to three weeks he has improved with us.

“I didn’t close to him the possibility to play.

“If he is ready with an availability, training and giving us a good feeling, he can play.

“My idea is to use every player and he is one in the squad who can help us.

“He has very big skills, and quality, that we will need in the next matches.

“I am happy how he is improving, training every day.”

Reflecting on the continuing rumours that he is set to leave Arsenal, Ozil said: “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.”

Ozil has come under fire among Arsenal fans for his absence on matchdays through illness, but the player hit back saying: “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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