Mesut Ozil has definitely turned into Mr Marmite amongst Arsenal fans since he won a massive pay rise to re-sign for the Gunners last year. His wages, his lessening ability to break assist records any more, his ever-increasing injury record, and his laissez-faire body language, have all contributed to a divide in fan’s opinion about his worth to the club.
So much so, that there are now some factions that have called for him to be sold as soon as possible, to free up wages for some younger hungrier players to come in, but now the German’s agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut, has decided to speak out to clear up any doubts about Ozil’s future at the Emirates.
“I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football,” he told Goal.
“Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.
“Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.
“He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans.”
But Dr. Sugut also agreed that his client had endured some problems this season. “In the last year, there has been enormous upheaval for everybody at the club and the first half of this season has not been perfect for Mesut.
“He has suffered from injuries and illness, and is working hard to adapt to the different system employed by head coach Unai Emery.” he continued. “This may take time, but Mesut will give everything he has to help make it work and bring success to Arsenal.”
“People might say I only have Mesut’s best interests at heart, but this is not true. I also represented Arsenal in his contract renewal and in other deals, too.
“This information is publicly available and I am acutely aware of my professional duty on this front. I do want the best for my client, of course, but I want the best for Arsenal as well.
“Mesut has faced criticism and obstacles throughout his career, but he has always responded and behaved in a positive and dignified manner.
“He does not feel the need to speak personally because he is focusing all of his efforts on getting fully fit, improving his form and consistency, and letting his football do the talking.”
“Mesut joined Arsenal in 2013 and has therefore been a part of the club for longer than most of the current playing squad and even many members of staff. Over those five-and-a-half years, he has shown total commitment and professionalism.
“He has not spent long periods injured and maintained a high level of performance, as the statistics show. Despite what some may say, he understands the fabric and expectations of the club better than most.
“Unless you are on the inside and privy to what happens on a daily basis, it is best not to speculate. In every journey there are highs and lows, but it is important to consider the bigger picture rather than simply making knee-jerk judgements without proper context.
“The speculation around Mesut’s future has not come from him or us and is unfortunate because the situation is clear: his future is with Arsenal, end of story.”
Well, it was a long-winded but full explanation of Ozil’s situation, but the final line makes it abundantly clear that Ozil is definitely not going to leave or be sold, and is going to stay and fight for his place in Emery’s team.
So can we stop any speculation to the contrary for now, please?