Mesut Ozil has set his heart on being a legend at Arsenal unless he is forced out of the club, that’s the claim of Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein.
Ozil has come heavily under the hammer of pundits and fans for failing to maintain a good form this season and opinions are divided over him.
On his day, he can be a world class player but often times, he has failed to justify his selection in Unai Emery’s squad and he has been heavily linked with a move away the Emirates this January.
He was kept on the bench on many occasions by Emery and there were claims he had fallen down the selection pecking order of the Spanish manager.
While he is currently out with a minor knee injury, his future at Arsenal has remained a subject of debate.
“I think it’s too early to say that his time at Arsenal is coming to an end,” Honigstein told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“It’s obvious that he’s not quite in the plans for all the games as far as Unai Emery is concerned but it’s down to him to change Emery’s mind. If Arsenal had lost 5-1 with Mesut Ozil on the pitch at Anfield, it would have been easy to point the finger at him.
“I still think there’s a confidence and a hope that Emery’s thinking might change as far as Oil’s thinking is concerned.
“He only signed a new deal in January and I don’t think he will change his mind or reconsider his options.
“He wants to play for Arsenal – that’s as far as I understand it – now it’s up to Emery to play his hand.
“Is it just a tactical thing? Is he going to be in and out? Will he be used sparingly?
“Ozil will be unhappy but if Emery is consistent with him they might be able to come up with some kind of arrangement or at least work on that basis.
“But if he gets the feeling of being pushed out effectively he might have to reconsider.
“Having spoken to someone close to the situation, I think they are quite relaxed at the moment.
“They think that Mesut Ozil, once he’s fully fit, still has a big role to play and might be able to change Emery’s mind.
“They are very categorical that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal on loan or for another club in the transfer market.”