Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed that the Mesut Ozil situation will soon be resolved “one way or another”.
The World Cup winner has just months left on his deal at The Emirates and has been ostracised in his final season with the club.
Arteta opted to leave Ozil out of his Premier League and Europa League squads, leaving him little more than a spectator.
Ozil is widely expected to complete a move this month, amid links to Fenerbache and MLS outfit DC United.
The Arsenal boss gave an update on the situation, suggesting the club are in talks about an exit.
“We can resolve the situation one way or another,” he said. It’s always good to know what you’re going to do and what is going to happen.
“My understanding is that nothing has changed from the last press conference. That Edu and the club are having some conversations about the near future and the long-term future. And when we know something we will announce it.”
With Ozil set to leave, attention can turn to a potential replacement for the former Real Madrid superstar.
Many expected Arteta to delve into the transfer market, but the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe may have changed those plans.
Smith Rowe was handed his Premier League chance over the festive period, grabbing it with both hands.
The 20-year-old has provided a valuable creative spark for Arteta’s side, helping them to four successive wins.
He came off the bench in the extra time win FA Cup win over Newcastle, coming off the bench to score the first in a 2-0 win.
And Gunners legend Ian Wright was full of praise for the playmaker, believing he contributes something different to their line-up.
“He’s [Smith Rowe’s] quality. Top drawer. He is a real player. Absolutely delighted for him,” he said on Match of the Day.
“It’s what he deserved. In the first half we weren’t getting enough midfield players joining and in the box and he’s someone who does that naturally in his game.
“He’s done well there. You want a calm, composed strike on target and he’s done that.
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“He’s literally one of the only players we have in the squad who plays on the half-turn in there.”
Wright’s assessment also backs up Ozil’s own verdict. Speaking in a Twitter Q & A earlier this week, the German pointed at Smith Rowe as the contributing factor behind their upturn in form.
“He made the difference in the last couple of games as a No.10. Really happy for him,” Ozil said.
“And he showed that playing with a No.10 can still make sense in today’s football.”
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