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By Mike Parrott
Mesut Ozil has once again confirmed that he will not leave Arsenal on his own accord. The German midfielder has been under scrutiny since he refused to take a pay-cut amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arsenal and Mesut Ozil's divorce has become very messy.
Ever since his massive new contract was signed back in January 2018, Ozil has rarely featured as a mainstay in Arsenal's starting XI, and normally been relegated to the bench, if not even in the squad.
However, unlike Manchester United who were finally able to get rid of Alexis Sanchez and his albatross of a contract this summer, Arsenal are still stuck with Ozil and his £350,000-a-week wages.
But the German has no intentions of leaving Arsenal anytime soon, saying he'll decide when he leaves.
"I'll decide when I go, not other people," he said.
"I didn't sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.
"Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club - the real people, those I've been with for a long time - and I love London, it's my home."
Ozil lamented on the difficult two seasons he has recently had, but he reaffirmed that he's ready to play whenever called upon and still wants to help Arsenal in any way possible.
"Whatever happened in the last two seasons, I'm happy and very strong mentally. I never give up on anything. I want to help my team and I'll fight for it. If I'm fit, I know what I can do on the pitch."
.@SkyKaveh on Ozil & the Arsenal redundancies- UTFR :flag_ye: (@ManUtd_HQ) August 5, 2020
He is paid £350k a week and is not playing, some of these people losing their jobs earn in a year what he earns in a day,
Well said. :clap:pic.twitter.com/EzV9uFZZXO
"When a player wants to leave and the club says no, the player must accept it unless they find a solution together. So when a club wants a player to leave and the player says no, the club must accept it unless a solution can be found together."
"I don't want to leave, so that's it."
Ozil came under-fire after refusing to take a pay-cut on his wages. Arsenal recently made 55 staff members redundant due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many fans wanted the German to help out the staff.
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