Mesut Ozil has fallen out of favour with Unai Emery this season. The former World Cup winner has been a part of only two Arsenal games until now, a 2-2 draw with Watford, and the 5-0 drubbing of Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
However, Ozil has squashed rumours of a January exit and had claimed he wants to see out the rest of his contract which expires in 2021.
“No,” Ozil told The Athletic regarding the exit rumours.
“I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.
“When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career. I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same."
“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."
“I said that Arsene Wenger was a big factor in me joining Arsenal — and he was — but ultimately I signed for the club. Even when Arsene announced he was leaving, I wanted to stay because I love playing for Arsenal and that’s why I’ve been here for six years."
“When I moved from Real Madrid, it was a really tough time for Arsenal. But I always believed in what we could do and together we delivered. More recently things have been difficult and a lot has changed. But I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here."
“Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere.”