Drastic action as Arsenal to take decision over first team star in January

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The German has less than two years remaining on his Arsenal contract but the club hope to loan Mesut Ozil out as soon as January and would pay a chunk of his wages

Arsenal intend to offload Mesut Ozil on loan in the January transfer window.

And the Gunners are even willing to subsidise his wages in order to get their record earner off the books.

Ozil is on a whopping £350,000-a-week due to the bumper deal he signed back in February 2018.

The 2014 World Cup winner turns 31 in two weeks’ time and is struggling to make an impact in Unai Emery’s team this term.

The Spaniard has preferred Dani Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid, and even Arsenal’s younger academy talents in attacking midfield to Ozil.

Arsenal’s star playmaker, who joined in 2013 from Real Madrid, has featured just twice in all competitions this season.

Ozil’s only appearances have come in the 2-2 draw at rock bottom Watford in the Premier League and in the Carabao Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest as he captained the team to a 5-0 win.

Emery, though, has made it clear Ozil does not fit his plans going forward and they now want rid of him.

According to the Mirror , Arsenal would rather let him go out on loan in the New Year and another club pay part of his wages than allow him to warm the bench for the second half of the campaign.

It is said Arsenal wanted to loan him out in the summer.

However, the attacking midfielder, who used to be considered the Premier League assist king, opted to stay put instead.

The Gunners may face a similar problem come January too, as Ozil still does not wish to leave the Emirates Stadium after more than six years in north London.

He is not expected to start tomorrow night when Arsenal travel to Old Trafford for their crunch Premier League showdown with struggling Manchester United.

Emery’s team will climb into the Champions League places in the table behind the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City if they pick up at least a point in Manchester.

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