Arsenal long-serving player could depart from club this month

Arsenal are desperate to offload midfielder Mesut Ozil and clubs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia have registered their interest in landing the midfielder, according to the latest reports.

The 31-year-old star has been frozen out of the squad and did not feature once after the Premier League restart last campaign.

Ozil was again nowhere to be seen for Arsenal’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool on Saturday, in spite of Mikel Arteta’s claims that ‘everybody starts from zero’ for the new season.

The German midfielder has made clear that his plan is to see out the remaining year of his deal at the north London club.

Reports in Turkey say that Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr board are ready to tempt him away with an annual salary of around £15m, while the Telegraph state that an unnamed Qatari club are also keen on signing the playmaker.

Ozil’s exorbitant wages of £350,000-a-week have proven to be a burden that the north London side no longer want to take on.

Speaking in an explosive interview with the Athletic earlier in August, the midfielder reinforced his stance that he’s looking to stay at the club until the end of his deal next year.

‘My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club,’ Mesut said.

‘I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.’