Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has said he will remain at Emirates Stadium until his contract expires in June 2021.
Speaking during an exclusive interview with David Ornstein of The Athletic, Ozil said he is focused on fighting for his position and not leaving.
The 31-year-old has not played for the Gunners since the resumption of the English Premier League after the Covid-19 break.
“My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club. Situations like these will never break me; they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again,”Ozil told The Athletic.
“Things have been difficult but I love Arsenal. I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.”
Ozil also said that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had not given him a chance to showcase his talent on the pitch.
“I have full respect for the coach’s decision, but I think these things need to be decided on the pitch, and after the restart I have not had the chance to show what I can do. You don’t play 10 games in a row if you’re unfit, not good enough or don’t behave well.
“I was fit enough to play all the matches before the break, and except for a minor injury. It was the same after the break. If I was bad in the matches and was excluded for that reason, I would probably be able to understand it, but that has not been the case.”
The German playmaker who signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.5 million transfer fee in 2013 insisted that he will never give up on anything.