Mesut Ozil wants to say and fight for his place at Arsenal.

Mesut Ozil wants to fight for his place at Arsenal amid reports of a move away

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Mesut Ozil has been underwhelming this season to say the least.

The German midfielder has struggled for regular game time under Unai Emery, starting just twice in Arsenal's last eight league matches.

He's also scored just three times and recorded two assists this season, way down on his tally from recent seasons.

Despite his struggles, Emery maintained earlier in December that Ozil was part of his plans for the season.

"I want every player with a good mentality to help us and give us their characteristics and quality," Emery said, per the BBC. "We need Mesut Ozil.

"Every player wants to play and be OK to help the team when we need.

"The frustration is the same for everybody when they didn't play in a match.

"But I spoke with him and with regularity in the season, telling him what we need from him and he has the commitment to help us and the quality and the characteristics to help us."

However, with concerns over his mentality, as well as his injury problems, there were reports that Arsenal would be willing to let him leave this January.

Mesut Ozil has struggled for form and fitness so far this season

But what does Ozil himself think? Does he want to stay in north London?

According to Raphael Honigstein, Ozil does in fact see a future for him at Arsenal.

Writing for ESPN, Honigstein confirms that Ozil has 'categorically ruled out a January loan move'.

He is fully intent on winning back his starting position in the Arsenal team, despite recently being dropped for 'tactical reasons'.

Unai Emery dropped Mesut Ozil for 'tactical reasons' earlier in the season

Honigstein goes on to write that Ozil remains confident that he can regain the trust of Emery.

So there you have it. It seems Ozil will still be at the club by the end of January.

Fair play to him. He's clearly not first choice for Emery at the moment, but it says a lot about him that he wants to stay and fight for his place.

Whether he remains at the club past next summer, however, remains to be seen.

Do you want Ozil to stay at the club? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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