Mikel Arteta says Mesut Ozil’s future at Arsenal will be resolved “in the next few days” but warned the playmaker that any deal would have to suit the club.
Ozil was not included in Arteta’s Premier League or Europa League squads for the opening half of the season and has not featured for the Gunners since March.
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Fenerbahce and a number of MLS clubs are interested in the midfielder, who currently earns £350,000-a-week.
His contract ends in July but Arteta confirmed negotiations are underway to secure his early exit in January.
“I will decide what is happening in the next few days,” Arteta said.
“I don’t know what will happen, now he is free to negotiate with other clubs. We will discuss internally what is the best situation for him for the near future.
“And obviously with the player and the agent and try to find the best solution for everybody.” Arteta added: “If something is sorted this month it is because it is for both parties. It is good for Mesut and his future and good for the club. If that is the case we will move forward, if it is not the case then he will continue here.”
The Arsenal boss swerved a question as to whether Ozil has played his final game for the club and whether he could feature in their FA Cup clash with Newcastle this weekend.
“I think every player wants to play football, this is what we chose this profession and are so lucky to be doing what we do. For every player who is not playing it is always hard,” Arteta added.
“The decision needs to be made when you have to register players, when you have to play them or not play them all the time. We know we have a really important player and one of the key players in the past few seasons with the club. I have to make a decision. I made it. I knew the consequences of it.
“And now we will have to make another one in January and we will. We will balance what is the best for the club and the best for the team. And what are the intentions of the player and find the right solutions for that.”