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In news that should surprise no one, Mesut Özil is set to remain with Arsenal this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that despite Arsenal’s restricted budget and Özil’s high wages, the German is nonetheless set to stay with the club. Arsenal are reportedly open to offers for him, but haven’t received any and seemingly don’t believe any will come in.
This was to be expected, given Özil and his agent have made no suggestion that he has a desire to leave this summer. Agents play a key role in generating interest in their clients, and Özil’s clearly hasn’t been given instructions to do so.
If the 30-year-old was coming off a fantastic season then perhaps the offers would roll in anyway.
However, despite being far from the biggest problem at Arsenal last year, Özil’s numbers were down on any of his previous campaigns in the last decade.
The sense I get is that Özil is happy in London off the pitch, and he wants to prove he’s a valuable player on it, rather than being offloaded to whichever club would currently take him.
With the financial difficulties involved in signing the playmaker, it’s unlikely any club is going to test him on that.