Mesut Ozil has insisted that he has always worked to come back stronger whenever Unai Emery has dropped him from Arsenal’s starting XI this season.
Though Ozil is Arsenal’s top earner by some distance on wages of £350,000-per-week, the 30-year-old playmaker has been in and out of Emery’s team for a number of reasons across the campaign.
A combination of form, fitness and tactics have seen Ozil drop down the pecking order at the Emirates at various times and the German has even been linked with a move away from the club.
However, the midfielder has ruled out the possibility of a summer exit after working his way back into the side, stressing that he’s ‘really happy’ to represent Arsenal for the foreseeable future.
‘I don’t think there’s a chance of that to be honest,’ Ozil told DAZN Dach when asked about a potential switch.
‘I’ve got two more years here and what happens afterwards is not in my hands. We’ll see then, but I’m proud to be at this club and really happy at this club.
Ozil only made 20 league starts across Arsenal’s Premier League campaign and the World Cup-winner has been forced to ‘accept’ some of Emery’s tougher decisions.
‘If the coach speaks to me and tells me I won’t play in a game it’s something I need to accept and just get on with it,’ he said.
‘I’ve carried on working on making myself as fit and healthy as I could and it’s worked out for me.
‘Now I’m playing, but of course it’s the coach’s decision if I play or not.
He added: ‘I’ve had some injuries this season and I’ve had to miss some games. But I know when I’m fit I’ll play matches.
‘I know the quality I have. I think everyone has their qualities and mine are at No.10.
‘If the coach wants me to do something and play somewhere else, you have to accept it and do that.
‘That’s something I’ve done and as a player and you just need to get on with what you’re told.’