Emery told Ozil that it would be better for him to leave Arsenal

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery advised midfielder Mesut Ozil to start looking for a new club from the next season.

Last year, in January, the Gunners prevented Mesut from leaving as a free agent, concluding a new deal with the player. However, now the club has to pay for it – in every sense of the word.

The 30-year-old German is getting £350,000 a week under the new deal at Emirates. Arsenal’s decision to extend cooperation with Ozil looks like a huge mistake now.

First, the Gunners seriously loaded their payroll, although they had been without the Champions League for two years in a row. Secondly, Ozil’s impressive salary is a hindrance to newcomers and negotiations regarding new contracts with existing players – other footballers want to earn at Mesut’s level now.

Finally, Ozil is simply not working out the money that he is paid. Mesut completely fell out from the manager’s plans, and Unai Emery explained that not with Ozil’s health problems, but with “tactical reasons.”

It is quite obvious that this cooperation is becoming painful – at least for the club, which will have to bear its obligations for more than two years.

In this situation, Emery decided to appeal to the former Real Madrid player’s conscience. Unai gave a delicate understanding to Mesut that he has no future at Emirates, accordng to BBC journalist David Ornstein, Arsenal’s main insider.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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