Arsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer window

Arsenal want to get rid of Ozil again
Arsenal want to get rid of Ozil again (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal are set to re-enter discussions with Mesut Ozil in an attempt to terminate the midfielder’s contract ahead of the winter transfer window, according to reports.

The German hasn’t played for the Gunners since Marcj and was left out of their Europa League squad for the upcoming campaign.

Although boss Mikel Arteta remarked before the new season that every player would ‘start from zero’, Ozil has not featured in any matchday squad so far this term, while fellow outcast Matteo Guendouzi was shipped out on loan to Hertha Berlin.

Arsenal Training Session
Arteta has taken a no-nonsense approach to managing his squad (Picture: Getty Images)

The 31-year-old’s contract isn’t due to expire until June 2021 and he has previously insisted that he plans to stay until the ‘last day’ of his deal.

According to the Daily Mail, over the last two weeks, Arsenal unsuccessfully approached Ozil over ending his contract early.

However, they are prepared make another offer to the midfielder in the hopes that they can remove his mammoth £350,000-a-week paycheck from their wage bill in January.

The report states that an agreement is unlikely to be reached before the winter window and Ozil is said to want almost all of the remaining £13 million on his contract paid up.

Earlier this week, the playmaker offered to pay the wages of Gunnersaurus, after the club mascot was effectively made redundant as part of staff cuts to deal with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Arsenal quickly responded to Ozil’s gesture, with a club spokesman telling ESPN: ‘Gunnersaurus is not extinct and will return to action when fans are allowed back at matches.’

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