Mesut Ozil often finds himself in the media spotlight, if not for his performances on the pitch then for the fact that his is a name that frequently finds itself in the transfer rumour-mill.
Low and behold, the latter has reared its head once again. By that we mean that Ozil is being fielded questions regarding his future and if and when he might leave Arsenal.
Ozil addresses speculation
Yes, strange as it seems, the German’s future past this summer is not a foregone conclusion in the minds of some. In a recent interview, Ozil was asked whether or not he could switch clubs within the next few months; his response wasn’t one engineered to put speculation to bed.
“In football you can never say never,” Ozil told Spox.com, as relayed by the Evening Standard, when asked about transfer possibilities.
“Currently, however, I focus exclusively on the current Premier League season, and then to the European Championship. What happens in the next or the next season, we will see.”
It can only be assumed that the rumours of a possible move have surfaced due to Arsenal’s slump in the title challenge. The Gunners are 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City and, though they have a game in hand, time is running out in which to make the difference.
Furthermore, few could argue with the idea that this was the season wherein Arsenal could, and perhaps should, have ended their title drought.
With their usual rivals flagging, the Gunners’ own form has allowed the likes of Leicester and Tottenham to fight for England’s ultimate prize. Such failings have naturally raised question marks over how happy Arsenal’s best players will remain.
Could Arsenal lose Ozil?
For now, the futures of the likes of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez - both of whom have yet to agree new deals - aren’t in any real danger. Their long-term Arsenal careers, though, could be decided depending on the run-in to the season.
Arsenal fans, is there any chance Ozil will leave the Emirates Stadium this summer? Let us know thoughts and opinions in the comments box provided.