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Out-of-favour German star pours cold water on Arsenal exit talk



The German midfielder Mesut Ozil says he has no plans to depart Arsenal despite being frozen out under the Spanish boss Unai Emery in recent weeks.

The playmaker has only featured twice for the Gunners campaign, playing for 71 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Watford in the PL and for the same amount of time in the 5-0 victory against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.

In spite of his fleeting appearances, Mesut was still named as one of the five captains of the team by Emery, and the playmaker says he wants to see at least see out his deal at the Emirates Stadium despite a lack of action.

When asked if he would be leaving the club by The Athletic, Mesut said: “No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.

“You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.”

Meantime, Arsenal are improbable to complete any transfer business in January transfer window, The Athletic claims.

The club were relatively busy during the summer transfer market – signing five players on permanent deals in addition to bringing the Spanish star Dani Ceballos to England on loan from Real Madrid.

Unai Emery’s side have recently been connected with a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers star Willy Boly, while there remains uncertainty surrounding the future of the midfielder Mesut Ozil.