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Mesut Ozil is reportedly hoping to out-last Unai Emery at Arsenal rather than seek a transfer away from the club.
The German playmaker has made just one appearance this season, a 2-2 draw against Watford, and has been left out of Arsenal’s last five matchday squads entirely.
It is believed Emery has been disappointed by Ozil’s work rate and performances in training, but he has so far refused to explain why he is not playing the 31-year-old.
Asked by Sky Sports why he is not selecting Ozil, Emery responded bluntly: “I think this is not the moment to speak about him.”
Arsenal have struggled to create chances in recent weeks and look increasingly devoid of any creativity, which has led to criticism from Arsenal fans at Emery’s decision not to use the World Cup winner.
And according to Bleacher Report, the midfielder is willing to ‘bide his time’ and see whether Emery lasts the season before making a decision on his own future.
Ozil, who is Arsenal’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week, is believed to be shocked at the way he has been frozen out, but believes there is a chance Emery will be gone before he is.
Earlier this month, he admitted there are few options available to him should he look to leave.
Ozil told The Athletic earlier this month: “No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.
“When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career.
“I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.
“You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.”