Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil aims trophy dig at bitter rivals Tottenham

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Ozil is back training for the new season (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has aimed a playful dig at Tottenham, suggesting that if he didn’t want to win trophies, he’d make the switch across to their north London rivals.

The German is one of the Gunners’ biggest signings of recent times, joining for £42.5million from Real Madrid back in 2013.

Despite a few barren spells, Ozil has still managed to help fire the north London club to three FA Cups.

The 31-year-old, however, didn’t play one minute after the restart last season, with many questions over his future remaining.

Ozil has entered the final year of his contract, but still seemingly holds the club close to his heart, evidenced by his light-hearted dig at rivals Spurs during a Q&A session with Arsenal fans on Twitter.

The Lilywhites haven’t won a major honour since their League Cup victory in 2008, and suffered a heart-breaking loss in the final of the Champions League in 2019 at the hands of Liverpool.

When asked to choose if he would rather play for Tottenham or retire, Ozil said on Twitter: ‘If I don’t want to win a cup, I should go there 🏆😉 #YaGunnersYa ❤.’

Ozil is in with a chance of making his first Arsenal appearance since March in the Gunners’ Premier League opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Addressing his future last month in an interview with the Athletic, the German insisted that he will be staying at the club until his contract expires next summer.

‘My position is clear,’ he said. ‘I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.

‘Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.

‘I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.

‘Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club — the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time — and I love London, it’s my home.

‘Whatever happened in the last two seasons, I’m happy and very strong mentally. I never give up on anything. I want to help my team and I’ll fight for it. If I’m fit, I know what I can do on the pitch.’

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