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Ozil to stay at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil will stay at Arsenal and intends to see out his contract with the Gunners.

There had been speculation that the former German international could be set to join Turkish club Fenerbahçe this summer, but his agent Erkul Sogat has dismissed the idea, saying he will remain at the Emirates next season.

It is no secret that Arsenal would be happy to move on the playmaker. He is the highest earner at the club on £350,000 a week, and, whilst the rest of the squad have agreed to take a 12.5% pay cut for the next year, Ozil and two other unnamed teammates have refused to participate in the scheme.

Despite this, Ozil has every intention of remaining in North London until June 2021, conscious probably that, wherever he goes next, he is unlikely to be able to command anything like the same salary package.

In and out of the team under Una Emery, Ozil had become a virtually guaranteed starter for Mikel Arteta before the season’s suspension.

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