Arsenal prepared to subsidise Mesut Ozil's wages to allow deal for James Rodriguez

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Just like Aaron Ramsey, it would appear Mesut Ozil hasn't got a future at Arsenal.

On Saturday the 30-year-old was omitted from Arsenal's match-day squad to face West Ham, despite the fact he was fit and available after returning from injury.

And now, according to various sources, Unai Emery has firmly decided he wants Ozil to leave in January.

Emery's decision is reportedly for two reasons: because he views Ozil as dispensable and wants to free up some transfer funds.

Ozil currently earns an eye-watering £350,000-per-week following his contract renewal this time last year and takes up a huge chunk of Arsenal's wage bill.

Simply put, the Gunners can't afford to be paying so much money for a player who can't even get into the team.

Should Emery get his wish of selling or loaning out Ozil, the Spaniard will look to bring in Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez.

The Daily Mail claim that Rodriguez, who is midway through a two-year loan spell at Bayern from Real Madrid, could be available for just £3m.

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Bayern paid £11.5m to sign the Colombian in 2017 and with six months remaining on his deal, the German club are open to letting Arsenal pay the £3m that would technically be owed to Real.

Arsenal, however, don't have the money to make it happen, so they've now made a decision on Ozil that could boost their chances of bringing in Rodriguez.

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According to the Mirror, Arsenal are resigned to subsidising Ozil's salary if he leaves on loan because no one is prepared to pay it in full.

Ozil has been offered to Inter Milan - who are said to be interested - and Juventus. Either move would free up some money for Arsenal to go for Rodriguez.

Arsenal fans are understandably frustrated and sad about potentially losing Ramsey and Ozil over the next few months, but signing Rodriguez would soften the blow somewhat.

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