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Özil plans to see out Arsenal contract

The Arsenal playmaker has no intention of leaving the Emirates Stadium and has confirmed that he will see out his contract. which expires in 2021.

Özil plans to see out Arsenal contract
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Mesut Özil has announced his intention to remain at Arsenal despite not being a regular starter during Unai Emery's first season in charge at the Emirates Stadium. 

Özil's failure to nail down a place in the starting XI this season has led to doubts over his future in north London.

The 30-year-old World Cup winner signed a lucrative extension in 2018, with his new contract running through to 2021.

And Özil has no plans to leave Arsenal after being asked if he wants to stay at the Premier League team.

"Absolutely," Özil told Sky Sports. "I've got two more years on my contract. I don't know after that but I've got two years left."

Pressed on whether he is still happy, Özil replied: "Yes. Why not? I'm 30 now, still got years in front of me, it's down to the club as well of course, but I've got two years here - after that I don't know what happens."

"No [issues with Emery]. Definitely not. There's always speculation, everyone inside knew that our situation is positive," Ozil added.

"It's frustrating [not playing]. I want to play in every game. Through injury I've missed games but that's football.

"As a footballer you always want to start games. The coach makes decisions which means you may not start but you have to keep going."

Ramsey: "Napoli game was my last in an Arsenal shirt"

While Özil intends to see out his contract, Wales international Aaron Ramsey is poised to leave for Serie A champions Juventus.

Having already agreed a deal with Juve, a hamstring injury sustained in Arsenal's Europa League quarter-final win over Napoli has denied Ramsey a send-off appearance.

Ahead of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final first leg against Valencia on Thursday, Ramsey – who moved to the Gunners in 2008 – wrote via Instagram: "It saddens me to say that the game against Napoli was my last game in an Arsenal shirt. Unfortunately it left me with an injury that rules me out of the remaining games.

"I am really disappointed not to play until the end and give everything for the club while I am still an Arsenal player. Unfortunately it's out of my hands but I wanted to say thank you to the fans for your support. 

"It has been a journey, on and off the field, and so much has happened in 11 years. I was a spotty young kid coming in and I'm leaving a man, married, father of three boys and full of pride and good memories that I will treasure. It will be emotional this weekend - my last game at home. I look forward to seeing you there and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for everything."


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