Unai Emery Wants Arsenal To Sell Mesut Ozil In January
Unai Emery wants Arsenal to find a way for Mesut Ozil to leave the club in this transfer window in order to free up his £350,000 a week wages at the Emirates.
It's just over a year ago since it looked like Arsenal would lose their two best players for free. Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez's contracts were expiring at the end of the season and there looked no chance of either man signing a new deal.
Faced with making no money for either man the Gunners eventually relented on keeping Sanchez and swapped him for Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a move that has arguably not worked out well for either side.
The move allowed Ozil to become the team's number one player and give the club the funds to hand the 2014 World Cup winner a bumper £350k a week deal which he signed.
However in a matter of months that has become a bad piece of business with the former Real Madrid player now out of favour under Unai Emery, who took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Ozil wasn't even on the bench as the Gunners lost 1-0 to West Ham at the weekend and now, according to the Daily Mail, Emery wants to find a way to get rid of Ozil in the January window.
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The former Sevilla manager wants rid of the midfielder, who he isn't playing regularly, to free up funds to sign his own players in January.
At the moment the Spaniard is set to face a transfer window without funds. Aaron Ramsey looks set to join Juventus for free at the end of the season but they're unlikely to pay the reported £18 million to sign him now.
Like last year there is no credible interest in the 30 year old midfielder and his big wages means it'll be difficult to move him on, especially as the player doesn't want a loan move.
The loss to West Ham was a blow for Emery's hopes of finishing in the top four and Manchester United have now moved level on points with the north London side following their win over Spurs.
Emery though is unlikely to turn to Ozil for help in achieving a top four finish. Where will Ozil end up?