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Mesut Ozil has six months remaining on his £350,000-per-week Arsenal contract

Mikel Arteta unsure whether Mesut Ozil will return to squad as transfer window opens

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Mesut Ozil has not been included in a matchday squad this season; German midfielder’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season; Mikel Arteta: “We will see what happens in the transfer window and we will assess at the end of that.”

Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were not registered by the Gunners’ for the first half of the Premier League season and are yet to be included in a matchday squad in any competition.

William Saliba, who joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne for around £27m in July 2019, has also failed to make a first-team appearance, and Arteta says he expects fringe players to leave in this month’s transfer window.

But when it was suggested Arsenal could terminate the contracts of players such as Ozil and Sokratis – which expire at the end of the season – Arteta said: “You have to respect the players’ contracts.

“What you can do is just try to be open with them, tell them your intentions, the role that they have in the team and why that is. They are entitled to make the decision in their lives because they have a contract here.

“Some would like to move because they are not playing and some would like to stay. That’s something we cannot decide by ourselves.”

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