What is going on with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal?
Twelves months ago, the German signed a new contract at the club worth around £350,000-per-week.
But under Unai Emery, Ozil has often been left out of matchday squads altogether.
He hasn’t featured since Boxing Day and Emery seems reluctant to cover up his absence by often citing ‘tactical reasons’ for Ozil being left out of the 18-man squad.
And now, there are even rumours that Arsenal are looking to subsidise his wages as they attempt to sell him this month.
However, it seems that they’re not just rumours.
That’s according to BBC journalist David Ornstein anyway.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Ornstein explains how Emery has spoken to Ozil and suggested it would be better if he left the club.
“They’re not just rumours," Orstein admitted.
"Unai Emery has suggested to Mesut Ozil that it would be best for him to leave the club. And the hierarchy of the club feels that they would like him to move on.
“I think that’s mainly financially driven for a player earning £350,000 per week but also related to that is the fact he is not performing anywhere near the level when he has played on a consistent basis as we know he can produce from the past."
But what does Ozil think about leaving Arsenal?
Well, Ornstein insisted that he has no desire to leave the club and is even putting in extra work behind-closed-doors.
“He has no desire to leave, Mesut Ozil, so he won’t be leaving in the January transfer window," Orstein added.
"I’m told he’s working extremely hard to get himself fit. Reports coming out of London Colney is that he’s now doing extra gym work and he has a positive demeanour. He’s determined to work his way back into the side.
“The word was he wasn’t doing a lot of the extra work most players were, and he is now. I’ve heard positive things about his behaviour, his commitment, his relationships with the teammates.
“I don’t think that’s ever been a problem, but he’s clearly out of favour with the manager and that’s a very expensive problem for the club to have.”
It’s a real tough situation for Arsenal.
Ozil clearly wants to force his way back into Emery’s plans but the manager obviously doesn’t fancy him right now.
In the meantime, the playmaker is picking up £350,000 to sit in the stands each week.