Mesut Ozil opens door to Arsenal exit once contract expires

Mesut Ozil laughs during Arsenal training
Ozil is in Dubai with his Arsenal team-mates (Picture: Getty)

Mesut Ozil has admitted he is unsure if his long-term future is at Arsenal.

The German is one of the most influential players in Mikel Arteta’s squad, but has struggled for consistency in recent years at the Emirates.

Ozil was welcomed back into the fold by Arteta following Unai Emery’s sacking and is currently in Dubai with the rest of the first-team for a warm weather training camp.

Asked by reporters if he would remain at Arsenal beyond his current contract, Ozil said: ‘After this season I have one more year and after that I don’t know what will happen because I can’t see the future.

‘What I can do is give everything for the team, for myself, to be successful and let’s see what happens in the future.’

Arsenal committed a small fortune to keeping Ozil at the club in 2018, but have been rumblings ever since that the Gunners regretted handing the attacker a £350,000-a-week deal.

Mesut Ozil runs with the ball during Arsenal training
Ozil is out of contract next year (Picture: Getty)

Ozil will enter the final 12 months of his current contract in the summer and recent reports claim Arsenal are not prepared to let him run down his contract a second time.

Arteta has been working to unify his squad since taking charge and Ozil praised the head coach for his efforts so far.

‘We know it is a hard season for us but we want to win games to take the points to be maybe at the end of the season in the top four,’ Ozil said.

‘Our goal is to be in the Champions League. This year we had difficult times but I think we’re in a good way.

‘In just the two months Mikel [Arteta] is here we improve a lot.’

Arsenal’s squad return from Dubai this week ahead of their Premier League clash against Newcastle on Sunday.

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