Mikel Arteta’s explain his big problem with Mesut Ozil

Mirror Sport understands that the Arsenal wish to either pay off Mesut Ozil or subsidise his eye-watering £350,000-a-week wages and allow him to move to another club.

Mesut Ozil doesn’t appear to have a future at Arsenal, with the club looking for a way to buy him out of his £18million contract.

Mirror Sport understands that the Gunners wish to either pay him off or subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages and allow him to move to another club.

Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best players on his day, but Mikel Arteta hasn’t seen enough from the German to gift him a place in his first team.

As a result, the midfielder has been frozen out since March, and there is no place for him in Arteta’s squad going into the new season.

Arteta hasn’t openly addressed why he has seemingly given up on trying to fit Ozil into his starting XI, but he inadvertently explained his reasons back in December 2019.

When taking the reins from Unai Emery, another manager who left Ozil out in the cold, Arteta made it clear he is only willing to work with players who “deliver passion and energy.”

Arteta said: “I have my ideas that I would like to keep to myself because I have to corroborate them when I see them act, when I see them behave, when I see them live together.

“I want to do things my way but by convincing them that it’s the right way for everybody to live better. Everybody has to respect each other first of all, and I want people who are accountable for what I’m asking for them to do.

“I don’t want them hiding, I want people to take responsibility for their jobs and I want people who deliver passion and energy in the football club.

“Anyone who doesn’t buy into this, or that has a negative effect or whatever, is not good enough for this environment or this culture.

“There are things to change, absolutely, because they’re not performing at the level that we expect them to. I will have to help them and to help them I need to know what’s happening, I need to understand how they’re feeling, what they’re lacking.

“If I get to reach that point, then I can help them. Then they will trust me and then they will follow me.”