's Arteta to wait until end of window to make Ozil call

will assess the future of playmaker Mesut Ozil at the end of the transfer window, manager has said.

Football Haberleri Giriş Tarihi: 02 Ocak 2021 Cumartesi 13:51

Ozil has not played for since March and was not named in the squad lists for the first half of the Premier League season and the Europa League. The , who is one of the highest-paid players at the club, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

But Arsenal are looking to offload a number of players on loan in to trim the squad, raising the possibility that Ozil could be registered for the second half of the season.

When asked about a potential return for the 32-year-old German, Arteta told reporters: "We will see what happens in the transfer window and we will assess that at the end."

Arteta also said the club would not look to cut short the contracts of players that are not in his plans.

"You have to respect the players' contracts," he added. "What you can do is just try to be open with them, tell them your intentions, the role that they have in the team and why that is.

"They are entitled to make the decision in their lives because they have a contract here. Some would like to move because they are not playing and some would like to stay. That's something we cannot decide by ourselves."

Arsenal, who are 13th in the table on 20 points, visit struggling West Bromwich Albion later on Saturday.

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