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Transfer: Mikel Arteta gives Ozil condition to leave Arsenal

ENGLAND – Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said Mesut Ozil can leave Arsenal in the January window, only if the deal is right for the club and the player.

Ozil’s agents are believed to be in talks with Fenerbahce and DC United.

The midfielder’s priority is to see out his contract at the Emirates this summer and Arteta has also not ruled out that possibility.

The 32-year-old was not registered by Arteta for the first half of the Premier League season and is yet to be included in a matchday squad in any competition this season.

Ozil is free to talk to clubs this month and his agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, admits “in the next seven to 10 days it will be a little clearer”.

When asked about Ozil ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round match against Newcastle on Saturday, Arteta said: “If something is sorted this month [in the January transfer window], it’s because it’s good for both parties.

“Good for Mesut and his future, and good for the club. If that’s the case, we will move forward. If that’s not the case, the player will continue here.”

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