Saudis might save Arsenal a small fortune in wages

Turkish outlet, Fanatik, claims that Saudi Arabian side, Al Nassr is prepared to offer Mesut Ozil $20 million a season to join them.

Ozil has been Arsenal’s top earner since 2018 yet the German has been arguably the most unreliable player at the club.

Mikel Arteta gave him the opportunity to prove himself when the Spaniard first became the club’s manager, however, he failed to take that chance.

Ahead of this new season, Arteta claimed that all the players at the club will be given brand new chances to prove themselves, but it is unlikely that Ozil will play better than he has done in a long time.

Arsenal is keen to ship him out, but his wages are making it hard for any team to take him on and the Gunners will welcome the latest news.

The report on Fanatik claims that the Saudis have promised to make the German their star man and they have made contact with his representatives over landing him.

It adds that if they are unable to land him now and he insists on spending the last year of his current deal at the Emirates, they want to start the groundwork that should help them sign him next season.

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  1. Howard says:

    They should take him off our hands. Good riddance.

  2. Sean says:

    If Mesut is going to get more money and be treated like the prince of SAUDI Arabia I think he might want to go now, give us £10m now and hes yours!! Installments over 3years will even do.

    That would save us alot of money and actually have money to pay for Aubas new deal, pay another incoming players wages (maybe 2) and actually have a player who is going to play in the team & be reliable.

    Get him out the door along with Papa, Guendouzi, Elneny, Torreira and Chambers.
    I wonder if Aouar would be interested in a switch to North London to replace Mesut?

    Cabellos on loan
    Defensive Mid (Partey??)
    – creative attacking midfielder?

    Wouldn’t be a bad window to be honest & all still possible. Only expensive part will be Attacking Midfileder as the rest pays for itself.

    Excited to see what we do.

  3. Sue says:

    Saving wages, starting tonight – bye bye Mkhi

    1. ken1945 says:

      Yep, he’s gone Sue, but can’t find out how much for – at least we did better than manure and the Sanchez swap!!!
      I wonder how many will complain about this article regarding Ozil?
      Again, I refer everyone to the players own words that he will see out his contract.

      1. Kstix says:

        Ken judging by the team Arteta put out against Liverpool(remember when you were optimistic and said he was gonna start ozil now that sanlehi was out, he proved u wrong there). I don’t think ozil is in Arteta’s future plans going forward. If ozil was still passionate about football, and was fed up with being left out of the squad, if this rumour is true, he would grab the deal with both hands regardless of what he has said about he seeing out his contract. Because at this point it’s very glaring even to the blind that he’s no longer wanted at the club. I think it would be the opposite of being brave if he chooses to stay when offers come for him from other clubs.

        1. ken1945 says:

          Kstix, I didn’t say he would play him though did I?
          What I was told was that he and MA had held talks to clear the air, they had gone well and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ozil featured in the game.
          As it happened on Saturday, we didn’t need him, MA made the right call and MO sent out a congratulatory message.

          I have no problem with the way MA is handling every player – he is the boss and, to date, has done everything right with regards to on field matters.
          I am still puzzled with regards to the way Ozil has been treated since the coronavirus and the wage cut, but that is another subject… hope you have got the message correctly this time.

      2. Sue says:

        Contract terminated by mutual consent. This is it, Ken.. this is the beginning of the mass exodus….

      3. Mohsan says:

        Ken, he has gone for nothing. Arsenal and player terminated the contract mutually so we don’t get anything for him. Some times how our club operates really baffles me. We did not want to terminate LK contract but when it came to Mkhi we terminated his contact without taking anything for him. Even if we would have taken £5m that would have been some money to be used in other investment. Another poor business deal done by Arsenal.

    2. Kstix says:

      How much did Roma pay us for him Sue?

      1. Trudeau says:

        Looks like it was a free. Did Arsenal pay any of his salary last season?

        On Ozil, that’s an interesting offer and he must be tempted particularly if he feels there is no way back at Arsenal. Can’t see it coming with any transfer fee though. Another free – man we really need to learn from Liverpool on how to sell assets…

      2. Eddie says:

        I thought I told y’all four months ago that we’re canceling his contract?
        His agent paid us a small fee to cancel his contract so he can sign for Roma.
        He’s joined Roma for free.
        Recall this was when I kept pointing out how terrible Arsenal handled his transfer (Raul and Co), remember when I was complaining Arsenal rejected £10 million offer from Roma to get him during the Jan transfer window only to cancel his contract and let him go for free.
        Well this is it.
        It’s true, very wasteful and poor handling. Rejected 10 million 6 months before, then send him on loan, then cancel his contract 6 months while he’s only loan so he can leave for free.
        Only good thing here is the wag gotten off

        1. The Deluded One says:

          @Eddie Forgot we had rejected 10 M earlier. That was the real mistake as you pointed out.

          1. Eddie says:

            Was is it a mistake or sign of incompetency from Raul and Co?
            I mean how much were they expecting for Mhki?
            They should’ve snapped the 10M and ran off.
            Mhki was surplus, He wasn’t in Emery’s plan, Roma offered 10M and we rejected it while asking for 15 or so.
            Only to cancel his contract later so he joins them for free. It’s not a mistake, it’s total stupidity bro… That’s why we never earn good money as a club

          2. ahmad73 says:

            Maybe Raul’s buddies were not involved in the purported transfer!

        2. Angus says:

          Hardly a fair point given that covid happened after we rejected the 10 mil.

        3. Maxis says:

          Sanchez to Man City? £60m rejected then player goes “free” after 6 months. 😏

          1. ken1945 says:

            And AW was blamed for that one, yet here we are, three years later, doing exactly the same thing – who is to blame this time?

        4. Mohsan says:

          You are right Eddie, I wonder if ppl at Arsenal even know how to do simple maths like addition and subtraction. How can they let him of the hook for free? At least we could have demanded 5million for him, in these times every single penny counts specially for a club who terminated 50 plus employees.

      3. Sue says:

        Terminated contract, Kstix, so nowt!
        The floodgates have opened…🙂

  4. The Deluded One says:

    @Ken1945 I read that we got 1 M from his agent. Not sure if that is true though. 200k/week saved is nothing to sneeze at. Of course a fee would have been better, but with 1 year left, and a desire to play for Roma Arsenal had little to bargain with. If Arsenal would have wanted to sell to antother club, Mhiki could easily have refused and sat out his contract. So I think Arsenals hands were tied on this one.

    1. ken1945 says:

      The Deluded One, well if that’s correct, Willian’s salary has been covered, along with the reported increase that Martinez is to be offered.

  5. Loose Cannon says:

    but if he goes over there the fella will have to play, here he gets paid to do nothing, why would he go there?

  6. Sean M says:

    Would mean a pay cut. Özil loves Arsenal too much to be paid less.

    1. jon fox says:

      Sean M, OR RATHER HE LOVES THE WONGA HE GETS FOR DOING SWEET FA AT ARSENAL. Fed up od even mentioning his name any more. Counting down the days til he leaves.

    2. Mkenya says:

      😅I see what you did there. Best if he joins a club where he can play every weekend.

  7. Grandad says:

    Wishful thinking methinks.Ozil will not move until his contract expires if only to demonstrate who is in charge.

  8. McLovin says:

    Mkhitaryans case might not bode well for us in one aspect:

    How long until all the other foreign clubs will start demanding our players for free by terminating contract? We rejected 10m, now we let him go for free. We have made ourselves look weak and hopefully this won’t repeat. Meanwhile clubs like Lille skinned us for 70m for Pepe. We must learn.

  9. lcw says:

    I admire Ozil the person and the player for standing up to the B.S coming at him from many fronts. It takes guts and conviction and he has them both. I support and admire any other person that sticks to his/her guts.

    1. Mr pat says:

      The only thing I admire is the stupidity of the club offering him that kind of money and no strings attached like , considering what’s going on on the field at the moment how the players are scrapping for every ball , well if you can’t do the same then you ain’t getting that 350k a week mate

      1. lcw says:

        Arsenal did not sign him to scrap for every ball, play defense or chase after the ball. Not every player is build for that type of game. They need to let him play football the way he knows how and create opportunities for his team mates. What good did the stupid scrappy game do? Get you 8th place? Joy! It is a fad that will go away because it does not take talent.

        1. SueP says:

          I thought it was a team game

          1. Highbury Hero says:

            With everyone doing their part. If we are to ask Mesut to cover all positions it is only fair to ask Martinez to score goals also.

  10. Reggie says:

    I fear Ozil wont be upping sticks to go to Saudi, why should he? He has it made 350 big ones and a nice life in London for doing WHAT?

    1. Mr pat says:

      If I were arsenal I make him train with u23 square and lets see how much he loves arsenal, the club or his pride

      1. Reggie says:

        Fans need to know the problems Ozil is bringing to this club. He is part of the reason we have no money for transfers. His constant non effort to not try to get back in the team in the position he is in is helping to ruin this club. But some fans will still sing his praise and be blind to the fact he is screwing our precious club.

        1. Highbury Hero says:

          We have 72 million for Pepe. Part of the reason we have no money? I see the attacks are drying up now so any thing will do.

    2. ozziegunner says:

      Reggie, he’d be expected to play in Saudi Arabia and it gets hot enough to make him sweat.

  11. Mr pat says:

    Will arsenal learn ? hope so and until we get british ex players involved the allegiance edu of this world will only put their agent friends in wonga at the expense of fans and club

  12. Howard says:

    If that is what Ozil wants, collecting wages without workng because he doesnt fit in the set up then its up to him. He can’t be a good Muslem with this behaviour.

    Some talk as if he’s been playing well before Cov-19. His stats say 1 goal, 2 assists, not good for a player taking 350k a week.

  13. Howard says:

    Agree Mr Pat, Ozil should train and play with the U23 for 350k a week.

  14. Highbury Hero says:

    Anyone here who would like to live in Saudia, should be the first to cast the stone.

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