Mesut Ozil to demand £13million from Arsenal to rip up £350k-a-week contract

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Mesut Ozil won’t be leaving Arsenal quietly before the end of the season.

The World Cup winning midfielder is nowhere near the plans of Mikel Arteta at the Emirates and was even left out of their squad to feature in the Europa League earlier this week.

The 31-year-old refused to take a pay cut on his wages of around £350,000-a-week earlier this year following the pause in the Premier League season, and could have annoyed the club by offering to pay the wages of their sacked mascot.

The Gunners might now been keen to pay off the rest of his contact, which is due to expire in the summer, in order to keep the spirit up in Arteta’s playing squad after a good start to the season.

The Sun have reported that the club are set to re-open talks about paying Ozil to leave early.

The report adds that Arsenal chiefs want the former Real Madrid man gone in January, but also reveals that he won’t be leaving unless the wages he is owed are paid out in full.

Those nine months equate to an astonishing £13m, which is set to be earned with little return on the pitch even if he stands firm and stays until the end of the current season.

Technical director Edu has also confirmed that Ozil was informed that he would be left out of the Europa League squad before it became public knowledge earlier this week.

He said: “We needed to manage the number of foreign players in the squad because we are only allowed to have 17 on our list. I talked to Mikel about the players who were probably going to be left out and we discussed how to treat that challenging situation.

“The way we did it was to sit down with the players concerned and to be open with them and I also spoke to their agents.

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“The only way to do that was face-to-face and to clearly explain why Mikel has made that decision. And I think we did it quite well.”

Before adding of his squad size following the recent window: “The market was really strange and it was difficult to manage well because nobody was 100 percent comfortable to do the deals.

“Organising the loan deals was quite difficult and trying to swap players was even more difficult.”

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