Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil is fully committed to Arsenal, denying reports linking him with a move away from north London.
The Germany international has been tentatively linked with a move to Juventus and Besiktas over the summer as his struggles to adapt to the Premier League continued.
Ozil became Arsenal's record signing in 2013, agreeing a £42.4million move from Real Madrid, but has so far failed to justify that huge price tag.
While some maintain that his apparent nonchalantness is just the way he plays, others took it as a sign that all was not well with life at the Emirates.
Juventus reportedly saw it as an opportunity to line up an audacious move, but Wenger has put to bed any suggestions that the 26-year-old is ready to quit Arsenal.
"He is a wonderful player who is completely committed to the club and focused on getting some good results," Wenger told reporters on Friday.
A big season
On wages of £140,000-a-week, the playmaker is still costing Arsenal a hefty amount just by hanging around. Now 26, and in his third season in the Premier League, Ozil can no longer live off the excuse that he is adapting to the rigours of the English game.
His first season was a freebie while an unfortunate knee injury ruled him out of the crucial Christmas period and halted what looked to be impressive progress.
Wenger heaped praise of Ozil after his excellent display against Crystal Palace and the signs are good heading into what is certainly a big season for both the player and the Gunners.
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