Reports from Spain claim that Mesut Ozil will demand first-team guarantees in order to quit Arsenal for Barcelona.
The German international is nearing the final six months of his current contract at present, and is strongly linked with the exit door.
Manchester United are believed to be leading the race for his signature, and the latest claims will be unlikely to change such thoughts, with him supposedly demanding guarantees of first-team action at the Nou Camp.
The Red Devils links are supposedly due to Jose Mourinho being keen on a reuniting with is former player from Real Madrid, and some reports have claimed that he is equally open to staying at Arsenal as he is to any exit, and even more recent are reports that our club is actually confident of striking a deal which would see him stay at the Emirates beyond the summer.
Ozil has also come into top form in recent weeks, playing as our best player and is easily my selection for December’s Player of the Month Award, and hopefully he is playing for his Arsenal future with those displays.
Alexis Sanchez is clearly not playing for his future at the club, and I would quite happily wave goodbye to him in January and get a replacement in who actually wants to play for our club, and deserves to sport our jersey week-in week-out. Our teammates didn’t even want to celebrate his goals this weekend, and I don’t see him still being here come February.
Ozil on the other hand does appear to be fighting for our shirt, and is amongst our best players at present, but is he good enough to demand first-team role at Barcelona? Does he look like he is playing for his future at Arsenal or elsewhere?