€25m-rated playmaker will leave Arsenal when his contract expires

Mesut Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut has appeared to confirm the Gunners playmaker will leave the club when his deal expires in 2021. The London giants are reportedly reluctant to put a new contract on the table for former Germany international, who has struggled to perform consistently in the last few campaigns.

Mesut has been the subject of transfer interest from Fenerbahce, and Dr Sogut refused to rule out the prospect of the playmaker joining the Turkish club next summer. He said: ‘Mesut has a one-year deal. There will be no change in this regard.’

‘So what happens next, time will show. Ozil will be 32 years old and will have a few more years in his career. Ozil and his family will make a decision. I cannot speak about Ozil and Fenerbahce, because I have no right to speak on this matter according to the principle of confidentiality.’

Amid a recent upturn in form under new coach Mikel Arteta, Ozil could be deemed surplus to requirements as the Spanish boss begins to rebuild his squad. Former Gunners hero Kevin Campbell admitted Arsenal need an injection of energy in the team which the 31-year-old playmaker cannot provide.

‘Arsenal need an all-rounder in midfield, Gunners need someone in the middle of the pitch who not only can create, PLayer can break the play up, but he’s got legs, we miss that. We’ve been a heavy spine for years,’ he said. ‘There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these type of players would improve Arsenal.’